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The Revelations of Asher

Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)


Jeanine M. Staples

The Revelations of Asher: Toward Supreme Love in Self is an endarkened, feminist, new literacies event. It critically and creatively explores Black women’s terror in love. With poetry, prose, and analytic memos, Jeanine Staples shows how a group of Black women’s talk and writings about relationships revealed epistemological and ontological revelations, after 9/11. These revelations are presented in the context of a third wave new literacies framework. They are voiced and storied dynamically by the women’s seven fragmented selves. Through the selves, we learn the five ways the women lived as lovers: Main Chick, Side Chick, Bonnie, Bitch, and Victim. As an alternative-response to these identities in love, the author presents a new way. She introduces the Supreme Lover Identity and illuminates its integral connection to social and emotional justice for and through Black women’s wisdom.
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How new literacies practices and events support fragmented revelations of the soul (Jeanine speaks)


How new literacies practices and events support fragmented revelations of the soul

Question: What’s something you’ve never done that you would love to do? Response: This sounds really cliché—don’t make fun of me—but I want to fall in love. You can make anything possible, but you can’t make someone love you. Having someone who is going to be there for you regardless….I want it to be real. I never told anyone that before.91 (Respondent: Rashema Melson, age 18 2014 Valedictorian of Anacostia High School Washington, DC)

Narrative, sociocultural studies of sexuality have been conducted in relationship to Black women (see: Chapman, 1995; P. H. Collins, 2005; Dejongh & Cato-Louis, 1999, Lawrence-Webb, Littlefield & Okundye, 2004). However, current discussions of Black women’s stories regarding sexuality and physicality do not consistently include specific attention to the idea of romantic love and relationships, particularly as these things pertain to personal empowerment and revelatory awareness of Self, Other(s), social situations, and relating. Very few studies pertain to emotional literacy or emotional justice.92 Lawrence-Webb ← 419 | 420 → et. al (2004) found, after reviewing the literature on/of Black feminist thought, that “love, a complex yet simple concept, gets lost in the shuffle of discourse on sociopolitical, feminist, and historical” research (p. 633). Such omissions are surprising and ironic because, as Shannon, Giannino, China, and Harris (2008) point out:

Feminist theory seeks to analyze the conditions that shape women’s lives and explore cultural understandings of what it means...

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