The Mystic of Tunja: The Writings of Madre Castillo, 1671-1742
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. She situates these writings within a tradition of female autobiography in which nuns negotiated the power to represent themselves by inscribing into their stories bleeding bodies, demonic temptations, and celestial visions.
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.
Madre Castillo's published works, Su vida and the Afectos espirituals, present a fascinating contrast in self-portraits. Proclaiming herself the center of convent scandal, the three-time abbess wrote an autobiographical tale marked by discord and self-degradation while, with greater confidence, her journal-like Afectos enters the realm of scriptural commentary where few female contemporaries dared to tread.
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THE GENRE OF THE VIDA ESPIRITUAL
Subject Agent Heretic
AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND SUBJECTHOOD
The Vida Espiritual
SINFUL FLESH REDEMPTIVE FLESH
A QUESTION OF AGENCY
MYSTICISM OF THE INCARNATE WORD
The Word Made Flesh
RELIGIOUS WOMENS WRITING IN SPAIN AND SPANISH AMERICA
FEMALE MONASTICISM A LIFE UNBECOMING?
A HISTORY OF FEMALE AUTONOMY
El Convento Real de Santa Clara desta ciudad de Tunja6
AN ASCENSION TO POWER
A Vow OF POVERTY
A FAMILY BASE
ELECTIONS AND ADMINISTRATION
SPIRITUAL TRIALS AND WORLDLY TROUBLES
THE OLD CHILD THE CONSCIENCERIDDEN CHILD
A Spiritual Struggle in the Convent
The Cares of the World
KNOWLEDGE IN THE RITUAL OF THE PSALMS
Opening the Doors of the Hermeneutic Halls
Madre Castillo and SixteenthCentury Mysticism
THE GENDERING OF FIGURES OF AUTHORITY
BETWEEN THE VIDA AND THE CUADERNO
A THEOLOGY OF HUMILIATION AND ITS MYSTIC REWARDS
A Treatise for the Soul
PERSONAL PROSE AND A RHETORIC OF THEOLOGICAL ORATORY
HUMILIATION AS THE PATH TO RESURRECTION
A Mystic Sepulchre
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