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Date of Award

1-26-2003

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Dan McKanan

Abstract

The intent of this paper is to demonstrate the integrity of Teresa of Avila's demonstration of humility in her spiritual writings. In examining Teresian humility, this paper dialogues with Teresian scholars, Gillian Ahlgren and Alison Weber, who contend that Teresa's display of humility was a disingenuous strategy developed to counter the obstacles she faced as a female writer in the historical milieu of sixteen century Spain. This examination situates Teresa's humility in her theological tradition, thereby broadening the interpretation context used by Ahlgren and Weber.

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