Craving Credibility: Teresa de Avila’s Shifting Discourse in Meditaciones sobre los Cantares

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This article explores Teresa de Avila's text from the point of view of its enunciation, proposing Benveniste's theory of personal pronouns as a means to analyse Teresa's use of pronouns as revealing shifters that indicate a fluctuating definition of "we" and a changing perspective of the "I" or "we" in relation to the other(s). This study serves as a means to illuminate the multiple addressees inscribed in Teresa's text, as well as the use of "non-persons"--the third-person Bride of the Song of Songs, the Virgin Mary, and the Samaritan woman--both to mask and to support the underlying first-person nature of the narrative.

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