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Annotated Bibliography for Teresa de Cartagena

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Teresa de Cartagena

Annotated Bibliography

Castro, Americo. The Structure of Spanish History. Trans. Edmund L King. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1954.

This book is a general overview of the structure of history of Spain, and many chapters focus on religion in general, and will be used to give context on the historical perspective in which Theresa de Cartagena lived, as well as a more focused history of the Catholic Church in Spain. I will use it also as a reference for the events mentioned in the biography and a broader look at convent life in the middle ages in Spain.

Dronke, Peter. Women Writers of the Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

This book focuses on specific women writers during the middle ages such as Perpetua, Heloise, and Hildegard of Bingen, as well as commenting on their work and its importance during its time and beyond. By comparing and contrasting other women writers of a similar period to Teresa, especially women in strikingly similar circumstances such as Hildegard, I will be able to deliver a clearer picture about about the gender constraints and criticisms placed on women during her time.

Larrington, Carolyne. Women and Writing in Medieval Europe. London: Routledge, 1995.

This book, recognized as a sourcebook, gives numerous details of women’s lives in the middle ages in series of short accounts and snapshots of events. By seeing how women recounted their own lives in contrast to a highly educated and secluded woman such as Teresa, I will be able to not only see how their lives differed, but also how women portrayed themselves through writing during the middle ages when not writing philosophical or other academic like texts.

The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by herself. Trans. J.M. Cohen. London: Penguin Books, 1957.

This book, as another autobiography of a Spanish nun- serves to give more context to the type of life that Teresa de Cartagena led as another nun in Spain. Also, because both Teresa’s experienced mysticism that compelled them to write, although on different topics, the similarities between them is very crucial to understanding their common circumstances.

Thiebaux, Marcelle, trans. The Writings of Medieval Women. New York: Garland Publishing, 1997.

This book examines the writing styles of various women during medieval times-and it will be an especially pertinent reference to the autobiography of Teresa because it contains many selections from religious women and women in convents- and gives other examples of mysticism in women, even if not in Spain. To be able to contrast the themes and styles between them and Theresa will help to fully round out her biography. It also focuses on the development of literacy of women during the middle ages, and how this changed from a necessity to an art.

Writing and Sexual Difference. 1980. Ed. Elizabeth Abel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982.

This book, as opposed to many other references, really focuses on the gender and sexual difference that occurs in writing. In regards to the writing of Teresa, it will help to draw out some of the broader themes of sexual difference that she focuses on in her writing, as well as give context to other prominent examples of sexual difference in published writing throughout the ages. By bringing together many prominent articles that examine this subject, this work will be an excellent source of the general viewpoints that have been proposed and defended when talking about gender and sexual difference in writing.

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