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Kristeva's Thérèse: Mysticism and Modernism

Bové, Carol Mastrangelo (2013) Kristeva's Thérèse: Mysticism and Modernism. Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, 21 (1). 105 - 115.

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<jats:p>This essay focuses on Julia Kristeva’s recent volume Thérèse mon amour:  Sainte Thérèse d’Avila (2008), describing and placing this blend of novel, play, psychoanalytic cultural theory, and case history in the context of her work.  I argue that the volume contributes to an understanding of religion’s impact—especially Catholic mysticism--on Western categories of women.  I address in particular Thérèse’s mysticism and modernist use of a feminine figure to subvert practices threatening the vitality of the psyche and of social relations.  As in Kristeva’s earlier writing, her psychoanalytic approach to Catholicism’s influence continues to raise questions concerning the apparent stereotypes the approach may feed, especially that of the masochistic woman.</jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Bové, Carol Mastrangelo
Date: 31 May 2013
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy
Volume: 21
Number: 1
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Page Range: 105 - 115
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/jffp.2013.567
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 21:11
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2023 15:55


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