Epistemología subversiva



Title Epistemología subversiva: el discurso místico de Teresa de Jesús y Clarice Lispector
Author(s) Doreley C. Coll
Date 2000
Place published Ottawa : National Library of Canada, http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk2/ftp02/NQ50002.pdf [2001],
Abstract The search for a voice within the structures of patriarchy has been a constant of women's creative process. To acquire a voice is only as successful as it is important for it to be heard. Mysticism has offered both an intellectual and a linguistic space from which the female subject has been able to configure itself as a speaking-subject from within the absences, desires, and bifurcations in the process of meaning. Both Theresa of Jesus and Clarice Lispector contribute to the development of feminist discourse. Within its own historiography each discourse looks at displacement, chaos, the tumultuous and exquisite search which incites the writers to experiment with words to form a new language: a language of women and for women. Despite the distances--historical, literary, linguistic and aesthetic--both women choose to shape their cosmogony by using language as a basis that allows them to articulate the horizons from which and to which their poetic and philosophical universe moves. It is not surprising that such languages transmit a certain instability as the reader's historical, cultural and psychological beliefs are subverted. Theresa's writings explore the shifts in knowledge away from the theological rationalism of religious discourse. Lispector's transgressions challenge the process of cognitive acquisition by the subject. She destabilizes the liberal Humanist tradition of transmission of knowledge. This new configuration of the acquisition of knowledge results in an epistemological crisis as it remakes the constitution of the subject and embodies knowledge as a profound experience of the unknown.

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