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The Revelations of Asher

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

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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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(Literally) Considering men’s roles in the performances of terror in love (Or, how women can be made small) (Jeanine speaks)

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(Literally) Considering men’s roles in the performances of terror in love

(Or, how women can be made small)

In 2007, Yasmina Khadra115 wrote a fascinating conclusion to a bestselling trilogy about Islamic fundamentalism. The last book in the series, The Sirens of Baghdad, tells the story of a 20-year-old Iraqi student who is unable to attend college because of the war. This character becomes incensed, not only because his future is interrupted, but also because American soldiers “leave a trail of humiliation and grief in his small village” (available: http://tinyurl.com/mjfw3mp).116 As the book moves forward, this boy, as narrator, recalls miniscule “outrage by outrage” (Maslin, http://tinyurl.com/mjfw3mp). In her critique of Khadra’s book, New York Times journalist, Janet Maslin (2007) writes:

The cumulative effect of these events turns the narrator into a numb yet still melodramatic automaton, ready to be used by the forces of terrorism and vengeance. “Such a smooth transition!” he says. “I had gone to bed a docile, ← 465 | 466 → courteous boy, and I’d awakened with an inextinguishable rage lodged in my very flesh.” That anger becomes “all that remained in me in this false, unjust, arid and cruel life.” He comes to think that “men are pathetic, narrow creatures, blood brothers of Sisyphus, built for suffering; whereas, their vocation is to undergo life until death ensues.

Khadra’s work illustrates precisely what the epistemologies of the fragmented selves attempt to convey: that Terror begins with terror and...

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