By Inez van der Spek
On the middle of this stimulating and provocative examine 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 stumble 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 outstanding existence because the in basic terms baby of jungle explorers, as a painter, an American agent in the course of and after global battle II, an experimental psychologist, and a feminine technological know-how fiction author in male hide.
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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. They are read as affirmative stories in which oppositions are not only mediated but even, in what I interpret as a radicalized form of Lévi-Strauss’s structuralist view of myth, reconciled into a unity.
The suggestion, however, that there are many canons makes the walls of the castle crumble, and alien elements can creep in to pollute the common ground inside. In an analogous way, the ‘purity’ of a particular academic discipline, that is the need to establish clear-cut boundaries, can be challenged by non-canonized, ‘gossipy’ knowledge. However, this does not necessarily bring about an interdisciplinary sanctuary; as in the case of science fiction and the literary canon, ‘alien’ knowledge runs the risk of being either ignored or simply incorporated without being really digested.
A familiar cliché. But notice the female protagonist’s riposte, ‘I’m not sure a clear distinction can be made between the two. ’ And who could tell us more, I would add by extension, about God and the divine than the storytellers of all religions? The most obvious parallel science fiction offers to both psychological and theological women’s studies’ interdisciplinary status is its ambiguous SEED-BEDS 25 scientific character. Science fiction hovers between science and fiction, between science and non-science.