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“Este gran Dios de las cavallerías” [This Great God of Chivalric Deeds]: St. Teresa’s Performances of the Novels of Chivalry

  • Carole A. Slade
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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Abstract

Teresa ofAvila is often represented book in hand.The book is not one she is reading, but one she is writing, with the Holy Spirit hovering over her quill pen to demonstrate that the words are not her own. Teresa (1515–1582) was in fact quite bookish, and quite well read for a sixteenth-century Spanish woman. In the words of Joel Saugnieux, author of an important study of popular and high culture in early modern Spain, “The entire existence of St. Teresa is organized around, depends upon, and proceeds from books.”1

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Religious Life Christian Woman Resist Reader Female Reader Courtly Love 
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  1. 1.
    Joel Saugnieux, “Culture feminine en Castille au XVIe siècle: Thérèse d’Avila et les livres,” in Cultures populaires et cultures savantes en Espagne du Moyen Age aux Lumières (Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1982), pp. 45–77Google Scholar
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    David Bleich, “Gender Interests in Reading and Language,” in Gender and Reading: Essays on Readers, Texts, and Contexts, eds. Elizabeth A. Flynn and Patrocinio P. Schweikart (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 234–66Google Scholar
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    Diego de Yepes, Vida de Santa Teresa de Jesus, Tesoro de misticos espanoles, vol. 1 (Paris: Garnier, 1847), p. 12.Google Scholar
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    Janice Radway, Reading the Romance (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984), p. 193.Google Scholar
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    Dâmaso Alonso, Poesta espanola: Ensayo de métodos y limites estilisticos, 5th ed. (1966; Madrid: Gredos, 1987), pp. 220–27.Google Scholar
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    Stephen Clissold, St. Teresa of Avila (London: Sheldon Press, 1979), p. 17.Google Scholar

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© Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Duncan Robertson, and Nancy Bradley Warren 2002

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