Teresa: The Feminine Universe and the Divine


We need to reconfigure the relationships between woman and world, woman and god, woman and father, woman and man in order to move into a new age of more fluid and ethical relationships. Film is essentially a medium that enables a reconfiguration of time-space relations and furthermore a medium which- in particular forms- consistently strives to ‘penetrate’ or allude to a sense of human subjectivity. If film can pose questions of interiority and exteriority through its capacity to sculpture time and place, then it is through film that I would like to express my visions of a feminine subject in relation to faith, subjectivity and corporeality.

I intend to develop a film that expresses the relationships between woman and the divine in order to create a meaningful work drawing on a feminine imaginary. In this, I will specifically be drawing on the writings of St. Teresa of Avila under a modern feminist reading in order to create a relationship between the female imaginary and the divine, as a means to a reconfigure femininity is terms of an idea of a transcendental spirituality.


The texts of Spanish mystic St. Teresa of Avila are the subject of explorations in a number of differing practices, ranging from psychoanalysis to literary criticism. Her “texts” continue to hold relevance for their originality, formal qualities, poetic expression, and psychosexual dimensions, as well as for providing an evocative presentation of Teresa’s subjectivity. Through an examination of St. Teresa’s texts via the work of French feminist Julia Kristeva, I have come to understand the subtleties and complexities of the Teresian discourse in relation to notions of the symbolic and semiotic. This research drove me to conceive a film that endeavors to “mirror”, translate and interpret the Teresian form of writing, exploring her idiosyncratic use of language and discursive practice through cinema. This subsequent project also includes an exegesis that addresses the conceptual, philosophical, historical and practical issues that ground and contextualize the film I conceived.

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