Alien Plots: Female Subjectivity and the Divine in the Light by Inez van der Spek

By Inez van der Spek

On the center of this stimulating and provocative research is a technology fiction tale by way of James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon-Bradley, 1916–1987) a few brother and a sister (and fifty eight different humans) who come across an alien whereas on a starship touring to find a liveable planet. The e-book contains an summary of Tiptree’s paintings and of her awesome lifestyles because the basically baby of jungle explorers, as a painter, an American agent in the course of and after international conflict II, an experimental psychologist, and a feminine technology fiction author in male conceal.

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Science fiction writers, to turn to Squire again, openly accept the ambiguity of their scientific status. For them, as for writers of other genres of popular fiction, the exclusion of science fiction from the literary canon is the most pressing disciplinary issue. 2 This is even more complicated for feminist science fiction writers, as they also have to define their relationship with feminist theory as well as with mainstream science fiction. The latter sometimes marginalizes women’s contribution to the genre, again, as a soft, gossipy form.

In what ways do they construct the area of tension between meaning and meaninglessness, sense and nonsense? How do they signify the transience, vulnerability, and imperfection of the human body? 24 Cooey’s study has likewise staged the interaction of the female body as a material locus and as a nexus of discursive and representative practices. 25 Also in this study the vulnerability and (self-)violation of the female body, and the concomitant fragility of female subjectivity, are at the centre of attention.

For McFague, speculative fabulation is a model for discussing the value of post-Christian thealogy or Goddess religion as a critical and imaginative impetus to the Christian tradition. ‘The revolutionairies have posed the question; it will be up to the reformers to see if the Christian paradigm has any resources for answering it’, is how McFague words her programme. In my study, however, science fiction will not function as a model for metaphorical theology nor as a resource for revitalizing the Christian paradigm.

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