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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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Neither Saints Nor Sinners

Kathleen Ann Myers

Oxford University Press

This volume examines six representative 17th-century women whose lives and life narratives serve as case studies that illustrate how a single church role for women to be saintlike in fact generated multiple life paths. It shows how these women's lives and texts were integral to the building of colonial society, most of them were heralded as symbols of America. These women were suggestive of the possibilities found in colonial Spanish American women's life writings. In order to elucidate the inner workings of the processes of canonization, inquisition, and confession, Part I examines two lay holy women and a nun. Part II examines three women who spent time in the convent, but redefined or rejected the path of the perfecta religiosa.

Keywords:   perfecta religiosa, Counter-Reformation, New World, Spanish America, confessional vida

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