Ksenija Atanasijević (1894-1981) published two articles on Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582), one entitled “Saint Teresa of Ávila as woman writer” 90 years ago (1928). With this article she introduced the Catholic woman saint to the Belgrade public as “the most gifted of all mystical women writers” and she chose the saint as an example to confirm the conclusion that mystics and philosophers are equally interested in “how to appreciate life when everything turns in a vortex of internal change.”

I analyze the selected quotes from the texts of the woman saint that are presented in the text of the woman philosopher in Serbia at the end of the third decade of the 20th century (1928). We listen to the voice of the woman saint, which echoes through identification with the woman philosopher’s personal experience in her own life situation (as we also tend to identify with her text by reading it in this day and age).

I conclude that the woman philosopher is one of the pioneers in field of feminist theology in our society because she informed wider public about the opinions of women from a different religious confession, above all reflecting on the truth of living together, and in that way she tried to provide the answers to the fundamental questions of philosophy and religion with the same concern as the feminists of today.

Keywords: text analysis, feminism, philosophy, religion, Ksenija Atanasijević, Teresa of Ávila

Ph. D. emerita Svenka Savić
Prevod Tomislav Bukatarević