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


in Planetary Loves

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233250
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240487 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

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

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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

Chapter.  6190 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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