By Inez van der Spek
On the middle of this stimulating and provocative examine is a technological know-how fiction tale via James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon-Bradley, 1916–1987) a couple of brother and a sister (and fifty eight different people) who come across an alien whereas on a starship touring to find a liveable planet. The booklet comprises an overview of Tiptree’s paintings and of her impressive lifestyles because the in simple terms baby of jungle explorers, as a painter, an American agent in the course of and after global conflict II, an experimental psychologist, and a feminine technological know-how fiction author in male cover.
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Extra info for Alien Plots: Female Subjectivity and the Divine in the Light of James Tiptree's A Momentary Taste of Being' (Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies)
In other words, women have subjective and men have objective views. A familiar cliché. But notice the female protagonist’s riposte, ‘I’m not sure a clear distinction can be made between the two. ’ And who could tell us more, I would add by extension, about God and the divine than the storytellers of all religions? The most obvious parallel science fiction offers to both psychological and theological women’s studies’ interdisciplinary status is its ambiguous SEED-BEDS 25 scientific character. Science fiction hovers between science and fiction, between science and non-science.
What does it mean to be or to move inter disciplines? And which disciplines are involved when a science fiction story is read by a feminist theologian? In an article called ‘Science Fictions’, Corinne Squire energetically argues for linking feminist psychology to science fiction. In particular her ideas about interdisciplinarity wonderfully apply, mutatis mutandis, to feminist theology as well. Feminist theologians frequently express a desire to be more interdisciplinary, without it always being clear what this ‘vague yet ubiquitous concept’ signifies.
However, this does not necessarily bring about an interdisciplinary sanctuary; as in the case of science fiction and the literary canon, ‘alien’ knowledge runs the risk of being either ignored or simply incorporated without being really digested. 5 At times, mainstream literature, non-feminist science fiction, dominant psychology and traditional theology may value positively the proficiency of female-identified ‘gossip’. Of course this is an ongoing process, as Squire rightly recalls, for gossip that assumes the place of insight, also attains its canonical authority.