Women's Spiritual Autobiography in Colonial Spanish America / Edition 1

Women's Spiritual Autobiography in Colonial Spanish America / Edition 1

by Kristine Ibsen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813017270

ISBN-13: 9780813017273

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: University Press of Florida

"A comprehensive and original examination of colonial Latin American religious women’s spiritual autobiographies, Ibsen’s book widens and deepens our vision of these texts, their authors, and the world in which they were produced."--Stacey Schlau, West Chester University

"In its fascinating discussion of mediated authorship in the

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"A comprehensive and original examination of colonial Latin American religious women’s spiritual autobiographies, Ibsen’s book widens and deepens our vision of these texts, their authors, and the world in which they were produced."--Stacey Schlau, West Chester University

"In its fascinating discussion of mediated authorship in the spiritual autobiographies of the colonial period in Spanish America, Ibsen’s study illuminates for us the discursive strategies used by religious women to reinforce as well as subvert power relations in the convent."—Sherry Velasco, University of Kansas

 

Kristine Ibsen studies women’s personal narrative in colonial Spanish America, focusing particularly on the spiritual autobiography of the 17th and 18th centuries and offering revealing insights into the social and political position of cloistered women.
 In Spanish American literature, women's autobiography is rooted in the hagiographic tradition of vitae in which, at the request of a confessor, nuns wrote about their spiritual lives in an autobiographical form. Although not intended for publication, these narratives, or ,vidas, often circulated informally among other religious women, and were indeed often written with this in mind. Simultaneously written for their male confessor(s) and their female peers, such texts illustrate a fascinating exercise in double-voiced discourse.
 Placing these works in historical context, Ibsen examines them in terms not only of their discursive strategies but also of how these strategies incorporate and question prevailing social, rhetorical, and cultural structures. On the margins and between the lines, the vida has the potential to effect a profound renegotiation of the terms and forms of self-representation.

Kristine Ibsen, associate professor of Romance languages and literatures at the University of Notre Dame, is editor of The Other Mirror: Women’s Narrative in Mexico, 1980-1995 and author of Author, Text and Reader in the Novels of Carlos Fuentes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813017273
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
First
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Principal Authors Discussed
Introduction - Multiple Heroines: Women's Spiritual Autobiography in Colonial Spanish America1
1Body and Soul: Self-Representation as Confessional Discourse19
2Immaculate Conceptions: Madre Castillo Wrestles with the Truth48
3Cloisters of the Soul: Spiritual Autobiography and the Hagiographic Tradition62
4Geography of the Sacred: Sebastiana Josefa de la Santisima Trinidad and the Hagiographic Representation of the Body85
5The Hiding Places of My Power: Visionary Authority, and Mystic Space97
6The Unimprisoned Mind: Ursula Suarez and the Self-Fashioning Heroine121
Epilogue: And the Rest Is Silence - Reply to Sor Filotea and Other Random Thoughts137
Notes141
Bibliography183
Index199

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