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Neither Saints Nor SinnersWriting the Lives of Women in Spanish America$
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Kathleen Ann Myers

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157239.001.0001

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The Happy Saint

The Happy Saint

Ursula Suárez (1666–1749)—Rogues and New Saintly Roles

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Neither Saints Nor Sinners

Ursula Suárez

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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

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