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Neither Saints Nor Sinners: Writing the Lives of Women in Spanish America

Kathleen Ann Myers


This book brings together the portraits and autobiographical texts of six 17th-century Latin American women, drawing on primary sources that include Inquisition and canonization records, confessional and mystic journals, and legal defenses and petitions. These sources illustrate how the development of institutions that examined individual merit according to a set of guidelines resulted in an “autobiographical boom” in which people began to dictate or write their life stories for confessors, bishops, lawyers, and judges. These writings provide a window through which we can see the interaction o ... More

Keywords: Latin American women, Inquisition, canonization, autobiographical texts, Counter Reformation, Empire, colony, Hispanic women, nun, seventeenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195157239
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157239.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Ann Myers, author
Indiana University