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Home, Sweet Home: Teresa De Jesús, Mudéjar Architecture, And The Place Of Mysticism In Early Modern Spain

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In her mystical treatises and reformed convents, De Jesús negotiates modesty with largeness, austerity with splendor, interiority with exteriority. With this textual strategy, De Jesús makes such signs a key to understanding her representation of the spiritual, ineffable, and incorporeal journey toward mystical union. After all, in contrast with the &t;buildings and outward comforts&t; (edificios y regalos esteriores) mentioned above, the Carmelite nun stages a different kind of place of mysticism, the object of this essay's critical desire. Seeking to expand the reception of De Jesús's works beyond that of mere products of religious orthodoxy written by a venerable saint, and in order to appreciate her deployment of a most persuasive place of mysticism, a comparative reading which underscores the correspondences between architectural signs present in mudéjar traditions and in two of her mystical treatises (the Book of Life and the Book of Foundations) is proposed.

Keywords: Book of Foundations; Book of Life; Carmelite; De Jesús; mudéjar traditions; mysticism



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