Among the saints of the Catholic Church, Teresa of Ávila seems to stand out, not only because she was one of the first two women to be named a Doctor of the Church, but also because she has become well-known in areas outside of the religious, spiritual domain. This process, which was initiated during the 17th century, is ongoing today, and has lead to many different and even contradictory images of the ‘Saint of Ávila’. But there seems to be a paradox at work. When Teresa writes about something that is considered to be exceptionally personal, even mystical – her hidden soul and its dialogue with God – many readers are able to relate to this private portrait of an inner spirituality. During the conference, this paradox will be examined through the comparison of Theresa's writings with relevant aspects of their later reception.
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Time & Location
Oct 22, 2015 - Oct 24, 2015
Freie Universität Berlin, "Rostlaube", Seminarzentrum, Raum L 115, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem