Mystic Fables and Fabled Mystics: Wandering through Spanish Literary & Religious Genius

March 20, 2019, 4:00 p.m.

Event Details

Come out to the Grewcock Formal Lounge for a public lecture by Jennifer Newsome Martin, Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. By interrogating the categories of “fiction” and “fable,” we will explore the inextricable knot that binds mystical experience, word and text, reading, interpretation, the nature of sainthood, vocation, and the formation of the self. This lecture will consider especially the mystical and literary pilgrimages of St. Teresa of Avila and Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote as they are refracted in Julia Kristeva’s genre-defying novel Teresa My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila (Columbia University Press, 2015).

This is a part of the Philosophy and Religion Department’s annual “Faith in Life” lecture series. This event is sponsored by the English department as well.