By Inez van der Spek
On the middle of this stimulating and provocative research is a technology fiction tale by means of James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon-Bradley, 1916–1987) a few brother and a sister (and fifty eight different humans) who come upon an alien whereas on a starship touring to find a liveable planet. The ebook comprises an overview of Tiptree’s paintings and of her impressive lifestyles because the basically baby of jungle explorers, as a painter, an American agent in the course of and after global battle II, an experimental psychologist, and a feminine technology fiction author in male hide.
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59 It comprises, besides feminist science fiction, also feminist fantasy, feminist utopias as well as feminist postmodern writings by male and female authors, all kind of fictions, that is, in which worlds are created which are discontinuous with patriarchal master-narratives. I think Barr’s proposition is two-edged. 61 Although I don’t think this entirely does justice to Barr’s intention to create greater utopian possibilities, it justly points to the problem of subsuming SEED-BEDS 43 feminist science fiction in a supergenre.
The heavenly canopy was replaced not by a secular canopy but by the fragmentation of knowledge and the coming into existence of various parallel and overlapping discourses and disciplines. An interdisciplinary approach, then, seeks to breach narrow compartmentalization without falling into a nostalgic regression to a holistic worldview. Such a crossing of disciplinary boundaries is, even though not always a smooth process, crucial to women’s studies. 6 Technologies of gender point to the seemingly incessant drive to impose an ordering through assigning masculine and feminine categories, where the masculine term is always normative and more highly valued.
What is common to all these stories is not their genre but their function in providing orientation to life’s flow. Indeed the same story may be sacred to one person but not to another. 14 In my understanding, what Christ’s view of story comes down to is an interpretation of literary texts as myths—stories that provide (women with) a sense of self and world and orient them toward the great powers of life and death. They are read as affirmative stories in which oppositions are not only mediated but even, in what I interpret as a radicalized form of Lévi-Strauss’s structuralist view of myth, reconciled into a unity.
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) by Inez van der Spek