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Alien PlotsFemale Subjectivity and the Divine in the Light of James Tiptree's 'a Momentary Taste of Being'$
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Inez ven der Spek

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238140

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780853238140.001.0001

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. Seed-beds: Crossing Theology, Feminism and Science Fiction

. Seed-beds: Crossing Theology, Feminism and Science Fiction

(p.24) I. Seed-beds: Crossing Theology, Feminism and Science Fiction
Alien Plots

Inez Van Der Spek


Feminist theologians generally express a desire to be more interdisciplinary. According to Corinne Squire, feminist psychology and science fiction are intertwined, and the latter is either ignored or assimilated into the literary canon. Squire further asserts that the struggle of a new or less powerful field to enter into ‘interdisciplinarity’ with an established field always problematises the latter, potentially giving rise to ‘a frail but autonomous new discipline’. This chapter examines James Tiptree Jr's text about alien encounter, ‘A Momentary Taste of Being’ in the intersecting contexts of theology, literature, culture and philosophy. It discusses the feminist transformation of science fiction and looks at the views of Robin Roberts on feminism and science (fiction).

Keywords:   interdisciplinarity, Corinne Squire, feminist psychology, science fiction, literary canon, James Tiptree Jr, alien encounter, Taste of Being, theology, feminism

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