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Title: Interiority in Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Avila
Author(s): LEONFORTE PLIMACK, Carmela
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 31    Date: 2021   
Pages: 37-70
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.31.0.3289727

Abstract :
This article investigates the dimension of inwardness in the works of Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Avila, with special attention devoted to the influence that the Augustinian tradition on the inner man plays in their spirituality. It examines the structuring of their imagery, the essence of their mystical language, and analyzes the manner in which they imagistically present the depth of their theological discourse. It explores, in particular, the Catherinian and Teresian notion of self-knowledge in regard to the functioning of the main symbols of interiority in their works. The paper considers such symbols in light of an overall dymanic iconically involving ideas of internal and external, of movement and space that seems to prevail in the shaping and expression of Catherine’s and Teresa’s mystical thought.

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