Planetary Loves: Spivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology / Edition 3

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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 topographyof 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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Gayatri Spivak's reflections on the concept of planetarity raise urgent questions about the possibility of collectivity, and the challenges of responsible engagement with subaltern constituencies. The essays that form this volume go some way towards elucidating the importance of this concept for contemporary thought, and also draw out the critical relationship between Spivak's thought and theology.-Stephen Morton

This timely and valuable volume follows from a conference on Gyatri Spivak's theorizing and reading-approaches, applying and amplifying these in the field of theological studies. The result is an amazing collection of essays which dazzles with new insights and reflections, and is an attractive addition to the ever-growing literature on postcolonial theology. Aside from its erudition, this book is for those who care about love, compassion, justice and tolerance in an increasingly conflict-ridden world.-R.S. Sugirtharajah

In the theological marketplace,theologies come and go. While postcolonial theologies are not immune to the market, they may prove to have the power to cut through some of its pretenses. This is so because they are 'angled towards the other' (Spivak) and a majority of the world's population, who can no longer be repressed.-Joerg Rieger

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823233250
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia Series
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix


A Tentative Topography of Postcolonial Theology Mayra Rivera Stephen D. Moore 3

Situating Spivak Stephen D. Moore 15

What Has Love to Do with It? Planetarity, Feminism, and Theology Kwok Pui-lan 31

The Love We Cannot Not Want: A Response to Kwok Pui-lan Laurel C. Schneider 46


Love: A Conversation Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Serene Jones Catherine Keller Kwok Pui-lan Stephen D. Moore 55

The Pterodactyl in the Margins: Detranscendentalizing Postcolonial Theology Susan Abraham 79

Lost in Translation? Tracing Linguistic and Economic Transactions in Three Texts Tat-siong Benny Liew 102

Ghostly Encounters: Spirits, Memory, and the Holy Ghost Mayra Rivera 118

Extempore Response to Susan Abraham, Tat-siong Benny Liew, and Mayra Rivera Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak 136


Planetary Subjects after the Death of Geography Jenna Tiitsman 149

Love's Multiplicity: Jeong and Spivak's Notes toward Planetary Love W. Anne Joh 168

Not Quite Not Agents of Oppression: Liberative Praxis for North American White Women Lydia York 191

Planetary Sightings? Negotiating Sexual Differences in Globalization's Shadow Ellen T. Armour 209

"Effects of Grace": Detranscendentalizing Erin Runions 225

Comparative Theology after "Religion" John J. Thatamanil 238

Toward a Cosmopolitan Theology: Constructing Public Theology from the Future Namsoon Kang 258

Pax Terra and Other Utopias? Planetarity, Cosmopolitanism, and the Kingdom of God Dhawn B. Martin 281

Crip/tography: Of Karma and Cosmopolis Sharon V. Betcher 303

Notes 331

List of Contributors 411

Index of Names 415

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