The Aesthetics of Beauty in the Writings of Cloistered Women in Late Medieval and Golden Age Spain (Constanza de Castilla, Teresa de Cartagena, Isabel de Villena, and Teresa de Ávila)

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In this article, written to commemorate the anniversary of Teresa de Ávila’s birth, I will examine how Teresa de Ávila, together with other cloistered women writers who preceded her, address the aesthetics of theological beauty. I will explore how each woman approaches the foundations of beauty in the natural order in creation and, then, I will examine the specifics of evangelical beauty, particularly Christ’s beauty. I will focus on how the women consider beauty is deformed through sin and will end on how they address the beauty of Christ’s atonement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-68
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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