Chapter

The Happy Saint

Ursula Suárez

in Neither Saints Nor Sinners

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195157239
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849680 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157239.003.0006
The Happy Saint

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The talented nun Ursula Suaárez employed humor in the account of her call to the religious life. This chapter examines Ursula's use of humor to criticize norms that dictated women's subordination to men and that made many women economically dependent on men. Writing a vida at the behest of her confessor, Ursula employed the convention of the divine call and authorship, but only to redefine sanctity: she quotes God as saying he gave her a good wit and that he wanted an entertaining actress and preacher among his saints. Ursula added into her narrative elements from popular literature, in particular the scenes and ideology from picaresque tales.

Keywords: Ursula Suaárez; Chile; comedienne saint; Relación autobiográfica; Clarist nun

Chapter.  13195 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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