Between Desire and Passion

Teresa de Cartagena


Teresa de Cartagena endured confinement as a nun, affliction as a deaf person, and isolation as an outcast, but she was finally able to dedicate herself to writing and to voice her suffering in her Arboleda de los enfermos. Her second treatise, Admiraçión operum Dey, offers a defense against her male detractors and demands recognition by men and her society arguing that women had the intellect to write. To illuminate Teresa's distinctiveness as an author and a woman, the book locates her place in a line of European women intellectuals, and presents an indispensible dialogue among female European authors of the early modern age. By tracing her predecessors’ literary and philosophical achievements, we can appreciate the multifaceted characteristics of Teresa’s writings.

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Yonsoo Kim, Ph.D. (2006), Boston College, is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Purdue University. She has published a book, El saber femenino y el sufrimiento corporal... (Universidad de Córdoba Press, 2008), and articles on medicine and literature, and religious studies.
Acknowledgements...ix Introduction Mapping Teresa de Cartagena amongst European Women Writers...1 1. Writing to Survive and Heal: Teresa de Cartagena’s Life and Works...11 2. Writing with Traditional Discourses...35 3. Writing to Alleviate and Understand: First Part of Arboleda de los enfermos (Grove of the Infirm)...51 4. Writing to Instruct and Illuminate: Second Part of Arboleda de los enfermos (Grove of the Infirm)...83 5. Writing to Give Voice: Defense of Women...107 6. Writing with Irony: Defense of Woman’s Voice and Discourse in Admiraçión operum Dey (Wonder at the Works of God)...131 Appendix...159 Works Cited...163 Index...177
All interested in interdisciplinary studies (medicine and literature, history, gender studies, religious studies, and disability studies), and anyone interested in the medieval and early modern age of Europe.