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

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By Inez van der Spek

On the middle of this stimulating and provocative research is a technological know-how fiction tale by means of James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon-Bradley, 1916-1987) a few brother and a sister (and fifty eight different people) who come upon an alien whereas on a starship traveling to find a liveable planet. The booklet contains an summary of Tiptree's paintings and of her striking lifestyles because the basically baby of jungle explorers, as a painter, an American agent in the course of and after global warfare II, an experimental psychologist, and a feminine technological know-how fiction author in male disguise.

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As Bekkenkamp also emphasized, it is the reader who relates to it in this particular way. 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.

Her argument for a metaphorical theology is based on the assumption that metaphors may be able to express something about the transcendent or sacred dimensions of reality without immobilizing reality by truth claims. 38 More specifically, McFague puts science fiction, and in this case Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, forward to elucidate the meaning of contemporary ‘Goddess religion’ in the US represented by women such as Starhawk, Carol Christ and Zsuzsanna Budapest, in relation to the Christian tradition.

The literary texts function as a mirror and model for the reader’s own quest for subjective becoming, spiritual renewal and ethical values. I want to go a bit further into this book, on the one hand because it is a trend-setting and important study in this field, while, on the other hand, it allows me to sharpen my own view. Crucial to Christ’s approach is the notion of story: women need stories to give sense to their lives. Following Stephen Crites and Michael Novak, Christ explains that stories create a sense of self and world.

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