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Carnal Hermeneutics$
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Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265886

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.001.0001

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The Passion According to Teresa of Avila

The Passion According to Teresa of Avila

(p.251) The Passion According to Teresa of Avila
Carnal Hermeneutics

Julia Kristeva

Fordham University Press

In this chapter, the author deploys a psychoanalytic hermeneutic to interpret the life of St. Teresa. The author develops three characteristics of Theresa’s thinking: the ideal father, the re-sexualization of the ideal father by the mystic (a pere-version), and the oral gratification of the Eucharist. Teresa’s “incarnated fantasies” of the ideal father who persecutes her are transformed into a loving father, expressed in a unique narrative in which Teresa becomes a “psyche-some” below the threshold of consciousness. These visions re-emphasize the denigrated senses, such as touch.

Keywords:   Touch, Psyche-soma, St. Teresa, Psychoanalysis, Fantasy, narrative

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