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Mixing fiction, history, psychoanalysis, and personal fantasy, "Teresa, My Love" follows 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, Kristeva's probing alterego, visits the sites and embodiments of the famou ...more
Hardcover, 648 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by Columbia University Press (first published February 1st 2008)
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Mandy
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am willing to accept that this is a work of profound and erudite scholarship, but I fear I was out of my depth with it. It’s a rather rambling and very personal narrative following an academic and psychoanalyst (whom I assume is actually an alter ego of Julie Kristeva herself) as she becomes caught up in the life and writings of Saint Teresa of Avila. A mixture of fiction, biography, autobiography, history and psychoanalysis, it’s a meditation on and examination of religion, women, faith and m ...more
Rj
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fascinating fictional take on an academic who becomes enamoured by the work of Saint Teresa of Avila.
Maijabeep
What the heck is this even? I'm SO EXCITED.
Dianna
Jul 27, 2015 added it
Took me forever. Someone else may like it but I had a hard time with this book. Well written but got lost too many times. Maybe because the transfer between present and Saint Teresa life. Found it tedious.
Lana Putintsev
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is this fiction? Is this biography? Is this autobiography? It is definately psychoanalysis a la Kristeva.
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Julia Kristeva is a Bulgarian born French psychoanalyst, sociologist, critic, feminist, philosopher, and, most recently, novelist. She researches on psychoanalysis of the Lacanian tradition, and has interest in semiotics. She also founded the Simone de Beauvoir Prize.

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