Planetary Loves Spivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology

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  • Copyright: 2010-10-29
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press

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Postcolonial theology has recently emerged as a site of intense intellectual and political energy and has taken its place in the interdisciplinary field of postcolonial studies. This volume is animated by the conviction that postcolonial theology is now ready for a second, deeper phase of engagement with postcolonial theory, one that moves beyond the general to the specific. No critic has been more emblematic of the challenging and contested field of postcolonial theory than Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. In this volume, the product of a theological colloquium in which Spivak herself participated, theologians and biblical scholars engage with her thought in order to catalyze a diverse range of original theological and exegetical projects. The volume opens with a "topography" of postcolonial theology and also includes other valuable introductory essays. At the center of the collection are transcriptions of two extended public dialogues with Spivak on theology and religion in general. A further dozen essays appropriate Spivak's work for theological and ethical reflection. The volume is also significant for the larger field of postcolonial studies in that it is the first to focus centrally on Spivak's immensely suggestive and vital concept of "planetarity."

Author Biography

Stephen D. Moore is Professor of New Testament at Drew Theological School. Mayra Rivera is Assistant Professor of Theology and Latina/o Studies at Harvard Divinity School.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
A Tentative Topography of Postcolonial Theologyp. 3
Situating Spivakp. 15
What Has Love to Do with It? Planetarity, Feminism, and Theologyp. 31
The Love We Cannot Not Want: A Response to Kwok Pui-lanp. 46
Love: A Conversationp. 55
The Pterodactyl in the Margins: Detranscendentalizing Postcolonial Theologyp. 79
Lost in Translation? Tracing Linguistic and Economic Transactions in Three Textsp. 102
Ghostly Encounters: Spirits, Memory, and the Holy Ghostp. 118
Extempore Response to Susan Abraham, Tat-siong Benny Liew, and Mayra Riverap. 136
Planetary Subjects after the Death of Geographyp. 149
Love's Multiplicity: Jeong and Spivak's Notes toward Planetary Lovep. 168
Not Quite Not Agents of Oppression: Liberative Praxis for North American White Womenp. 191
Planetary Sightings? Negotiating Sexual Differences in Globalization's Shadowp. 209
"Effects of Grace": Detranscendentalizingp. 225
Comparative Theology after "Religion"p. 238
Toward a Cosmopolitan Theology: Constructing Public Theology from the Futurep. 258
Pax Terra and Other Utopias? Planetarity, Cosmopolitanism, and the Kingdom of Godp. 281
Crip/tography: Of Karma and Cosmopolisp. 303
Notesp. 331
List of Contributorsp. 411
Index of Namesp. 415
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