St Teresa of Ávila
Her Writings and Life

Edited by Terence O'Reilly, Colin Thompson and Lesley Twomey

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 19

Legenda

10 September 2018  •  274pp

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At a time when women were effectively silenced in church, St Teresa of Ávila (1515-82) represents an extraordinary exception. Early struggles with her spiritual advisers gave way to an increasing confidence that she was inspired by God. She reformed the Carmelite Order she had entered as a young woman, and founded convents all over Spain, yet still found time to write a series of spiritual classics on the life of prayer which are characterized by a robust common sense, a directness of style, and a strong and positive vision of God’s love at work in individual lives. This collection of essays by leading scholars in Teresian studies covers topics in history, art history, literature, theology, and spirituality, in a fresh assessment of her significance five hundred years after her birth.

Reviews:

  • ‘The variety of topics and approaches in these essays, and the erudition and rigour of their authors, ensures that this volume represents an invaluable contribution to scholarship on St Teresa of Avila and will serve as a touchstone for future work on this saint and, more generally, on religious writing in the period.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 55.4, October 2019, 498-99 (full text online)
  • ‘Readers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds will find this collection fruitful and accessible, and scholars who are unfamiliar with Spanish will find faithful translations... The volume commemorates the five-hundredth anniversary of Teresa’s birth, but its imaginative, far-reaching perspectives on her life and legacy show that there is still ample appetite and space for future Teresian scholarship.’ — Catherine Maguire, Hispanic Research Journal 20.4, 2019, 409-10 (full text online)
  • ‘The contributors [...] deepen our understanding of Teresa by noting previously-overlooked sources and influences and emphasizing her theological contributions, which carry potential relevance in spiritual discussions today. As Thompson notes, in Teresa’s writings we encounter her not as an otherworldly being, but a person to whom modern-day readers can relate. The essays in this volume allow us further access to the human experiences, resultant insights and immediate legacy of one of Spain’s most famous saints.’ — Teresa Hancock-Parmer, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 97.2, 2020, 269-70

Contents:

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St Teresa of Ávila: St Teresa of Ávila
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
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x-x
Abbreviations
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xi-xi
List of Illustrations
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Notes On the Contributors
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Introduction
Colin Thompson
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14-31
Chapter 1 St Teresa of ávila and Earlier Carmelite Traditions
Patrick Mullins
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32-41
Chapter 2 Teresa of Avila’s Theological Reading of History: From Her Second Conversion To the Foundation of St Joseph’s, ávila
Edward Howells
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42-58
Chapter 3 A Clash of Titans: St Teresa in Pastrana
Trevor J. Dadson
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59-78
Chapter 4 Vicente Carducho, Painter and Writer: His Contributions To the Iconografía Teresiana and Reflections On St Teresa and the Perfection of Religious Paintings
Jeremy Roe
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80-90
Chapter 5 Teresa As A Reader of the Gospels
Rowan Williams
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91-107
Chapter 6 Teresa of ávila’s Picture of the Soul: Platonic Or Augustinian?
Peter Tyler
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108-123
Chapter 7 St Teresa and Her First Jesuit Confessors
Terence O'Reilly
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124-134
Chapter 8 St Teresa and the Prayer of Offering
Iain Matthew
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135-148
Chapter 9 Teresa’s Theological-Spiritual Synthesis: What Does It Really Accomplish?
Gillian T. W. Ahlgren
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150-166
Chapter 10 From Fear To Courage: the Testimonies of Teresa of ávila and Her Early Hagiographers
Elena Carrera
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167-192
Chapter 11 the ‘Library’ of Santa Teresa: Teresa of ávila’s Sources and Their Effect On Her Writings
Hilary Pearson
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Chapter 12 Seeing and Knowing God: Reinterpreting Vision in the Writing of Teresa of ávila and Other Cloistered Women Writers
Lesley K. Twomey
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213-231
Chapter 13 Traditions of Discourse and Santa Teresa
Christopher J. Pountain
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232-250
Bibliography
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251-260
Index
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Bibliography entry:

O'Reilly, Terence, Colin Thompson, and Lesley Twomey (eds), St Teresa of Ávila: Her Writings and Life, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 19 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 St Teresa of Ávila: Her Writings and Life, ed. by Terence O'Reilly, Colin Thompson and Lesley Twomey, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 19 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 O'Reilly, Thompson, and Twomey, p. 47.

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O'Reilly, Terence, Colin Thompson, and Lesley Twomey (eds). 2018. St Teresa of Ávila: Her Writings and Life, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 19 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (O'Reilly, Thompson, and Twomey 2018: 21).

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