REVIEWS Sarah E. Owens. Nuns Navigating the Spanish Empire. u OF NEW MExICO P, 2017.195 PP . Anne J. Cruz University of Miami THE HISToRIoGRAPHy oF SPAIN’S conquest and colonization of the n ew World has been mainly construed from the chronicles and narratives of the men who risked their lives crossing the oceans with the purpose of evangelizing, settling, or soldiering in the American continent and beyond. in contrast, women’s colonial history has only recently begun to be explored. Women traveled less and later to the New World than men; unlike male narratives of exploits, writings by women were broadly divided by their religious or secular intent. the latter consisted of brief exemplars such as letters, government petitions, and poetry. Religious women most often wrote autobiographies, biographies, and foundational narratives of convents, which followed the missionary enterprise of male religious orders. in many cases, their writings functioned as hybrid texts, as they not only related the founding of a particular convent but also integrated nuns’ biographies and, in some cases, authors’ autobiographies. it is this kind of hybrid model that sarah owens’s enlightening study introduces in her recovery of a 450-folio manuscript penned mostly by an unknown nun,
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