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 couple of 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 publication contains an summary of Tiptree’s paintings and of her awesome existence because the purely baby of jungle explorers, as a painter, an American agent in the course of and after international struggle II, an experimental psychologist, and a feminine technology fiction author in male conceal.
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The third level of sexual difference highlights the differences within each woman. It rests on a post-psychoanalytic view of the corporeal subject, that is, it conceives of the subject as a multiplicity in herself, structured by both consciousness and unconscious, and in an imaginary relationship to variables like class, race, age and sexual choices. Let me recall my own kindred description of (female) subjectivity as a process, a never-ending dynamic of being subjected to the power of langauge, the unconscious, the social and, simultaneously, as the search for the articulation of one’s desire, experiences and views on one’s own terms.
The search for the expression of their own desire, experience and vision in any case brings us into a liminal position, at the same time inside and outside a particular generic discourse. 69 To return to feminist science fiction, texts that, according to Lefanu, question not only an apparent reality but its very construction, are likely to contradict the conventional linear narrative structure most consequently. These, in other words, are the most postmodern texts of feminist science fiction. Through the fragmentation and non-centredness of the narrative structure, in which not one but many possible plots emerge, the constructiveness of sexual subjectivity and social identity becomes manifest.
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. The critical study of these ‘technologies’, as well as the envisioning of new ways of understanding sexual difference, cannot stop short before conventional borders.
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