Alien Plots: Female Subjectivity and the Divine in the Light of James Tiptree's ' A Momentary Taste of Being'

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Liverpool University Press, 2000 - Fiction - 241 pages
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At the heart of this stimulating and provocative study is a science fiction story by James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon-Bradley, 1916-1987) about a brother and a sister (and 58 other human beings) who encounter an alien while on a starship travelling to discover a habitable planet. The book includes an outline of Tiptree's work and of her remarkable life as the only child of jungle explorers, as a painter, an American agent during and after World War II, an experimental psychologist, and a female science fiction writer in male disguise.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements page
1
Crossing Theology Feminism and Science Fiction
24
Sexual Universes
53
Father in Crisis Mother Rises? 1 The Choric Fantasy
85
Father in Crisis Mother Rises? 2 Extrabiblical Scenarios
113
Counter Apocalypses
142
A Momentary Taste of Being
186
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Inez van der Spek is a research fellow in religion and literature at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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