Una lectura psicoanalítica de las "Meditaciones sobre los Cantares" de Teresa de Jesús

  1. Padvalskis Simkus, María Cecilia
Supervised by:
  1. Eduardo Chamorro Romero Director

Defence university: Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Fecha de defensa: 30 October 2009

  1. José Miguel Marinas Herreras Chair
  2. Amaya Ortiz de Zárate Aguirrebeña Secretary
  3. Camino Cañón Loyes Committee member
  4. Carlos Domínguez Morano Committee member
  5. Blanca Loreto Doménech Delgado Committee member

Type: Thesis


This work advances in understanding the complexity and the potency of the psychic unconscious dynamics behind the mystical - religious experience, using the nuptial symbol as a key of significance that inspires and structures the Meditations on the Song of Songs by Teresa of Jesus. It considers the "indicial paradigm" (Ginzburg, Schenquerman and Peace) as method of investigation of psychoanalysis as "the science of the singular" (Certeau) and the mystique as a "historical formation" and as a discursive practice (Certeau). Given the (im)possibility of a synthesis between psychoanalysis and religious experience (Dominguez Morano), collected various theoretical perspectives (Beirnaert, Fernández, Pohier, Ricoeur and Aulagnier) that enable us to interrogate the mystical experience from a psychoanalystic point of view. The work explores the personal context of the text considering her personal moment of life, socio-historical circumstances and categories from which Teresa of Jesus writes, as well as the complicated textual situations and its possible sources. It is considered from a gender perspective the notion of "spiritual marriage" and the complex and diversified use of the term that the authoress perform. The text is worked from four analytical constructs that shows us the psychic dynamics of the mystical experience lived by a woman, Teresa of Jesus, who was able to signify the spousal symbol and defend its right to understand and live a loving relationship, in terms of reciprocity and enjoyment, in spite of having the another an object entirely asymmetrical.