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Planetary LovesSpivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology$
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Stephen D. Moore and Mayra Rivera

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233250

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823233250.001.0001

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What Has Love to Do with It? Planetarity, Feminism, and Theology

What Has Love to Do with It? Planetarity, Feminism, and Theology

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Planetary Loves


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This chapter attempts to read Spivak within the contexts of feminist and womanist theologies and theological writings of the Two-Thirds World. The aim is to show that Spivak's work provides some provocative insights into love in postcolonial feminist theology. This could be news to her, because following Derrida, she and other deconstructivists are very allergic to anything that smacks of ontotheology. But it is from Spivak that we have learned to read a text closely in order to identify the strategies of rewriting, recoding, and reframing to trace or plot another itinerary. The idea of “planetary loves” invites us to join the discussion and participate from many vantage points, because it encourages a capacious imagination that encompasses all the sentient and nonsentient forms of existence. It opens up the margins and the boundaries so that we can encounter or anticipate the unfamiliar and the unexpected. The chapter elucidates the concept of planetarity, and proceeds to discuss planetary love, love “in other worlds,” and love for the female subaltern.

Keywords:   Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, postcolonial theory, feminist theology, womanist theology, Two-Thirds World, planetary loves

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