Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila by Julia KristevaTeresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila by Julia Kristeva

Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila

byJulia KristevaTranslated byLorna Scott Fox

Hardcover | November 25, 2014

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Mixing fiction, history, psychoanalysis, and personal fantasy, Teresa, My Love turns a past world into a modern marvel, following Sylvia Leclercq, a French psychoanalyst, academic, and incurable insomniac, as she falls for the sixteenth-century Saint Teresa of Avila and becomes consumed with charting her life. Traveling to Spain, Leclercq, Julia Kristeva's probing alter ego, visits the sites and embodiments of the famous mystic and awakens to her own desire for faith, connection, and rebellion.

One of Kristeva's most passionate and transporting works, Teresa, My Love interchanges biography, autobiography, analysis, dramatic dialogue, musical scores, and images of paintings and sculpture to engage the reader in Leclercq's-and Kristeva's-journey. Born in 1515, Teresa of Avila outwitted the Spanish Inquisition and was a key reformer of the Carmelite Order. Her experience of ecstasy, which she intimately described in her writings, released her from her body and led to a complete realization of her consciousness, a state Kristeva explores in relation to present-day political failures, religious fundamentalism, and cultural malaise. Incorporating notes from her own psychoanalytic practice, as well as literary and philosophical references, Kristeva builds a fascinating dual diagnosis of contemporary society and the individual psyche while sharing unprecedented insights into her own character.

Julia Kristeva is professor of linguistics at the Université de Paris VII and author of many acclaimed works and novels, including The Severed Head: Capital Visions, Hatred and Forgiveness, This Incredible Need to Believe, Murder in Byzantium, Melanie Klein, Hannah Arendt, New Maladies of the Soul, Strangers to Ourselves, and Powers o...
Title:Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of AvilaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:648 pagesPublished:November 25, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and ChronologyPart 1: The Nothingness of All Things1. Present by Default2. Mystical Seduction3. Dreaming, Music, Ocean4. Homo ViatorPart 2: Understanding Through Fiction5. Prayer, Writing, Politics6. How to Write Sensible Experience, or, of Water as the Fiction of Touch7. The Imaginary of an Unfindable Sense Curled Into a God Findable in MePart 3: The Wanderer8. Everything So Constrained Me9. Her Lovesickness10. The Ideal Father and the HostPart 4: Extreme Letters, Extremes of Being11. Bombs and Ramparts12. "Cristo como hombre"13. Image, Vision, and Rapture14. "The soul isn't in possession of its senses, but it rejoices"15. A Clinical Lucidity16. The Minx and the Sage17. Better to Hide...?18. "... Or 'to do what lies within my power' "?19. From Hell to FoundationPart 5: From Ecstasy to Action20. The Great Tide21. Saint Joseph, the Virgin Mary, and His Majesty22. The Maternal Vocation23. Constituting Time24. Tutti a cavalloPart 6: Foundation-Persecution25. The Mystic and the Jester26. A Father Is Beaten to Death27. A Runaway Girl28. "Give me trials, Lord; give me persecutions"29. "With the ears of the soul"Part 7: Dialogues from Beyond the Grave30. Act I. Her Women31. Act II. Her Eliseus32. Act III: Her "Little Seneca"33. Act IV. The Analyst's FarewellPart 8: Postscript34. Letter to Denis Diderot on the Infinitesimal Subversion of a NunNotesSources

Editorial Reviews

Clearly documents the undeniable literary talent of author Julia Kristeva... a compelling and entertaining read that lingers in the mind long after the novel itself is finished... an extraordinary literary accomplishment