The Mystic of Tunja: The Writings of Madre Castillo, 1671-1742 (Google eBook)

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Kathryn Joy McKnight
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 284 pages
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During the fifty-three years she lived in a convent in the city of Tunja in what is now Colombia, author Madre Castillo stretched the accepted boundaries of female behavior by veiling her intellectual activities in the duties of a colonial nun. Her autobiographical writings reveal a deeply conflicted individual whose keen mind chafed against the restrictions of Counter-Reformation ideology. In this volume, Kathryn Joy McKnight offers an insightful analysis of Madre Castillo's life and writings. McKnight draws on feminist and post-structural criticism, recent scholarship on nuns' writings, and extensive research in colonial archives to develop a framework for understanding Madre Castillo's life and the genre of the spiritual autobiography, so often required of mystic nuns by their confessors.
  

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Contents

INTERESTED READINGS
1
Madre Castillos Texts in Spanish American Literary Criticism
7
CONTEMPORARY READINGS
12
THE GENRE OF THE VIDA ESPIRITUAL
17
Subject Agent Heretic
20
AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND SUBJECTHOOD
24
The Vida Espiritual
29
Unambiguous Assurance
54
HOLY ARCHETYPES
149
The Hermit
151
The Mystic
152
SINFUL FLESH REDEMPTIVE FLESH
156
THE MARTYR
161
A QUESTION OF AGENCY
163
MYSTICISM OF THE INCARNATE WORD
167
The Word Made Flesh
172

RELIGIOUS WOMENS WRITING IN SPAIN AND SPANISH AMERICA
63
FEMALE MONASTICISM A LIFE UNBECOMING?
73
A HISTORY OF FEMALE AUTONOMY
74
Palimpsests
77
El Convento Real de Santa Clara desta ciudad de Tunja6
79
AN ASCENSION TO POWER
101
A Vow OF POVERTY
107
CONVENT OFFICES
111
A FAMILY BASE
112
Confessors
115
ELECTIONS AND ADMINISTRATION
117
SPIRITUAL TRIALS AND WORLDLY TROUBLES
129
THE OLD CHILD THE CONSCIENCERIDDEN CHILD
132
A Spiritual Struggle in the Convent
135
The Cares of the World
141
KNOWLEDGE IN THE RITUAL OF THE PSALMS
177
Opening the Doors of the Hermeneutic Halls
182
Madre Castillo and SixteenthCentury Mysticism
189
THE GENDERING OF FIGURES OF AUTHORITY
193
BETWEEN THE VIDA AND THE CUADERNO
195
A THEOLOGY OF HUMILIATION AND ITS MYSTIC REWARDS
199
A Treatise for the Soul
201
PERSONAL PROSE AND A RHETORIC OF THEOLOGICAL ORATORY
205
HUMILIATION AS THE PATH TO RESURRECTION
210
A Mystic Sepulchre
215
Conclusions
219
NOTES
223
WORKS CITED
253
INDEX
269
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