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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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endarkened: enlivened at the intersections of studies in blackness and spirituality

feminist: embodying a critical and creative womanist/feminist femininity that focuses on equity, fairness, inclusiveness, and uncommon regard for the REALITIES, knowledge, and ways of being that flourish among girls and women

knowledge: conceptions of what it is we recognize, discern, and know as, and beyond, accepted reason

new literacies event: a document, performance, or artifact resulting from iterations of various talk and writing

place of the flesh/body: a concrete and sensuous place in the Spectrum of Personhood; a vast, intensely responsive terrain that is sensuous, yet can seem senseless…revealing what is perceived in the place of the soul; this place seeks and longs for taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight as tools for connection, communion, and meaning making; it provides instantaneous signification of desire and terror; a great lodge of memory; a place that relies heavily on what is attainable by the intelligences; it is instinctual, base, and bearing little language; located at the bottom of the Spectrum, ensconced in darkness, secrets, ever cloaking, and reaching downward/anchored in silence or moans, groans, and guttural utterings, wails, screams, and bindings ← 549 | 550 →

place of the soul: an active and (r)evolutionary place in the Spectrum of Personhood; an unwieldy wilderness; this is a place bearing thoughts, feelings, memories, voices, stories, and sensualities; located at the center of the Spectrum of Personhood; houses thoughts/emotions/ imaginations; ascribes meaning; performs...

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