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Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

John J. Clune Jr.

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032177
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038308 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032177.001.0001
Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

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Catholicism underwent momentous change as it transitioned to the modern era and the relatively new colonial environments of North America and the Caribbean. Critical to this evolution was the role of women in religion. This book examines the impact of the eighteenth-century European Enlightenment on the lives of nuns in colonial Cuba and New Orleans, both crucial centers of Catholicism where women had significant influence. Only recently have scholars begun to give attention to the importance of female religious life in the Spanish Empire. The book illustrates the changing attitudes toward convents in the eighteenth-century by contrasting the Clares, Dominicans, and Carmelites of Havana with the Ursulines of New Orleans (and later of Cuba). Built upon research in the archives of Spain, Cuba, Louisiana, and Texas, the book acknowledges the importance of female religious life in the Spanish Empire and demonstrates that the decline in prestige of female religious orders in Latin America began not with Vatican II in the mid-twentieth century but with enlightened reform during the reigns of Spanish kings Charles III and Charles IV.

Keywords: Catholicism; colonial environments; women; religion; eighteenth-century; European Enlightenment; nuns

Book.  144 pages. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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Introduction in Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

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Convent Reform and the Cuban Context in Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

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Private Lives in Common Spaces in Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

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A Respite from Common-Life Reforms in Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

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Common-Life Reform in Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

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Orthodox Convent Reform and Progressive Social Measures in Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

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Transforming the Role of Convents in Havana in Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

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Conclusion in Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

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Epilogue in Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

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