Colonial Angels: Narratives of Gender and Spirituality in Mexico, 1580-1750

Paperback | January 1, 2000

byElisa Sampson Vera Tudela

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Spain's attempt to establish a "New Spain" in Mexico never fully succeeded, for Spanish institutions and cultural practices inevitably mutated as they came in contact with indigenous American outlooks and ways of life. This original, interdisciplinary book explores how writing by and about colonial religious women participated in this transformation, as it illuminates the role that gender played in imposing the Spanish empire in Mexico.

The author argues that the New World context necessitated the creation of a new kind of writing. Drawing on previously unpublished writings by and about nuns in the convents of Mexico City, she investigates such topics as the relationship between hagiography and travel narratives, male visions of the feminine that emerge from the reworking of a nun's letters to her confessor into a hagiography, the discourse surrounding a convent's trial for heresy by the Inquisition, and the reports of Spanish priests who ministered to noble Indian women. This research rounds out colonial Mexican history by revealing how tensions between Spain and its colonies played out in the local, daily lives of women.

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Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela offers readers a fascinating look into the past of Spain and Mexico. Colonial Angels: Narratives of Gender and Spirituality in Mexico, 1580-1750 is a unique look at the influence of literature on Spain’s attempt to create a New Spain in Mexico. Specifically, Tudela deals with the nature of masculinity, feminin...

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Spain's attempt to establish a "New Spain" in Mexico never fully succeeded, for Spanish institutions and cultural practices inevitably mutated as they came in contact with indigenous American outlooks and ways of life. This original, interdisciplinary book explores how writing by and about colonial religious women participated in this...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:222 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:January 1, 2000Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292777485

ISBN - 13:9780292777484

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsChapter 1. Moving Stories: New Spanish Hagiographies and Their Relation to Travel NarrativeChapter 2. Chronicles of a Colonial Cloister: The Convent of San José and the Mexican CarmelitesChapter 3. From the Confessional to the Altar: Epistolary and Hagiographic FormsChapter 4. The Exemplary Cloister on Trial: San José in the InquisitionChapter 5. Cacique Nuns: From Saints' Lives to Indian LivesAfterwordAppendix 1Appendix 2Appendix 3NotesBibliographyIndex

From Our Editors

Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela offers readers a fascinating look into the past of Spain and Mexico. Colonial Angels: Narratives of Gender and Spirituality in Mexico, 1580-1750 is a unique look at the influence of literature on Spain’s attempt to create a New Spain in Mexico. Specifically, Tudela deals with the nature of masculinity, femininity and gender roles.

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This is a fascinating, well-written, and suggestive account of the intersections of gender and genre in writing by and about religious women in colonial Mexico.... Sampson's overview of these women's narratives provides a wealth of information about the personal lives and thoughts of a doubly silenced group: cloistered religious women. - Catherine Jaffe, Associate Professor of Spanish, Southwest Texas State University