On Her Theatricality

Thomas R. Nevin

in Thérèse of Lisieux

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195307214
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785032 | DOI:
  On Her Theatricality

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This chapter focuses on Thérèse's plays and poetry. Thérèse's prayers and poems, the letters, the autobiography foremost — all have been translated and long circulated. However, her plays or récréations pieuses as they were known within Carmel, have been neglected. It is a strange and unhelpful neglect; unhelpful, because the plays open to us, no less than do the poems, valuable windows onto Thérèse's spirituality; strange, because in them we have a concrete and lively idea of the communal physics of Carmel and how its sisters — its prisoners, Thérèse might have said — lifted themselves from routine through an inspired, if generally mediocre pen. On those feast days, they relaxed, they enjoyed, they learned, they even laughed.

Keywords: St. Thérèse; plays; poetry; prayers; letters; autobiography

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Subjects: Christianity

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