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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

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

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.003.0015

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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