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Thérèse of LisieuxGod's Gentle Warrior$
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Thomas R. Nevin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195307216.001.0001

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 On Her Theatricality

 On Her Theatricality

Plays and Poetry

(p.207) 6 On Her Theatricality
Thérèse of Lisieux

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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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