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

By Inez van der Spek

On the middle of this stimulating and provocative research is a technological know-how fiction tale through 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 touring to find a liveable planet. The publication comprises an summary of Tiptree’s paintings and of her amazing lifestyles because the in basic terms 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 technology fiction author in male hide.

Show description

Read or Download 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) PDF

Similar genres & styles books

Poetry and the Cromwellian Protectorate: Culture, Politics, and Institutions

The Cromwellian Protectorate used to be a interval of innovation in poetry and drama, in addition to constitutional debate. This new account of the interval specializes in key cultural associations -- Parliament, an embassy to Sweden, Oxford collage, Cromwell's kingdom funeral -- to check this poetry's courting with a tradition in transformation and drawback.

The Faiths of Oscar Wilde: Catholicism, Folklore and Ireland (Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture)

An unique and vigorous exam of the connection among theology, religion, non secular historical past and nationwide politics within the works of Oscar Wilde, which focuses specifically on his life-long allure to Catholicism. Wilde's Protestant history can also be scrutinized, and its persisted impact on him, in addition to his antagonism in the direction of it, is said to the narrative modes he selected and the philosophical positions he followed.

Sherlock Holmes by gas-lamp: highlights from the first four decades of the Baker Street journal

Sherlock Holmes was once nonetheless an undergraduate while Squire Trevor mentioned the course of his destiny life's paintings, telling him that every one the detectives of truth and of fancy will be young ones on your fingers. His prediction was once correct at the mark: so it was once then, and so it is still greater than a century later.

Planets in peril: a critical study of C.S. Lewis's ransom trilogy

We're at the moment updating our web site and feature now not but published entire details for this identify. a lot of our books are within the Google preview application, which permits readers to view as much as 20% of the publication. If this name is energetic within the application, you will discover the Google Preview button within the sidebar under.

Extra resources 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)

Example text

I shall argue that the alien life-form can be interpreted as a sign of the maternal figure or function as it is conceived of in psychoanalytical thought and cultural theory, in particular that of Julia Kristeva. In the light of this assumption, then, ‘A Momentary Taste of Being’ will be interpreted as a mother/daughter narrative in science fictional guise. I explore two possible versions of such a mother/daughter plot. In Chapter III, ‘A Momentary Taste of Being’ is read as a choric fantasy. The chora is a notion derived from Kristeva to designate the maternally connoted dimension of the construction of the subject, which stands in a dialogical relation to the paternally connoted symbolic.

Anxieties which are also reflected in the tension between these covers and the content of the stories in the magazine. While the women on the covers are pictured in the height of their formidability and demonic strength, the texts defeat the visual images of female strength, by having the women eventually destroyed by their own sexual desire or reproductive powers. Surprisingly, however, these female images of the pulp magazines can also be seen, according to Roberts, as material for later feminist revisions of science fiction.

By the end of the seventies it had become clear that SF was no longer a kind of juvenile men’s club. Women were to be seen at the bar. SF’s unexpressed half was beginning to speak out. 58 During the 1980s and the 1990s, in which postmodernism and cyberpunk have deeply influenced the genre, these feminist voices continue to sound. Many women from the beginning are still active in writing science fiction, while interesting new authors like Octavia Butler, Joan Slonczewski, Rhoda Lerman, Pat Murphy and Gwyneth Jones (to name just a few) have entered the field.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.42 of 5 – based on 37 votes