Kathleen Ann Myers

in Neither Saints Nor Sinners

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195157239
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849680 | DOI:

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This volume examines six representative 17th-century women whose lives and life narratives serve as case studies that illustrate how a single church role for women to be saintlike in fact generated multiple life paths. It shows how these women's lives and texts were integral to the building of colonial society, most of them were heralded as symbols of America. These women were suggestive of the possibilities found in colonial Spanish American women's life writings. In order to elucidate the inner workings of the processes of canonization, inquisition, and confession, Part I examines two lay holy women and a nun. Part II examines three women who spent time in the convent, but redefined or rejected the path of the perfecta religiosa.

Keywords: perfecta religiosa; Counter-Reformation; New World; Spanish America; confessional vida

Chapter.  8191 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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