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Womens Spiritual Autobiography in Colonial Spanish America (review)

Womens Spiritual Autobiography in Colonial Spanish America (review) 634 Biography 24.3 (Summer 2001) Ibsen, Kristine. Women’s Spiritual Autobiography in Colonial Spanish America. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 1999. 288 pp. ISBN 0-8130-1727-0, $49.95. During Spanish America’s colonial era, religious chroniclers frequently argued that the true wealth of those regions was not the silver that so many sought in the mines of Potosí and Zacatecas, but rather the rich veins of Christian faith and devotion to be found in the American soils. In our own time, Latin American scholars are finding the history of the colonial-era church to be a mine that rewards those willing to dig deeply. In Women’s Spiritual Autobiography in Colonial Spanish America, literary scholar Kristine Ibsen unearths just such riches, introducing her readers to the spiritual writ- ings of eight black-veiled nuns, several of whom were virtually unknown until very recently. Ibsen also processes the raw ores, revealing just how enriching the study of colonial-era religious history has become. The focal point of this monograph is “women’s personal narrative,” a lit- erature “rooted in the hagiographic tradition of vitae, in which, at the request of a confessor, nuns wrote about their spiritual lives” (vii). Ibsen’s octet of writing nuns includes four women from New Spain, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Womens Spiritual Autobiography in Colonial Spanish America (review)

Biography , Volume 24 (3) – Jun 1, 2001

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Copyright © 2001 Biographical Research Center.
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634 Biography 24.3 (Summer 2001) Ibsen, Kristine. Women’s Spiritual Autobiography in Colonial Spanish America. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 1999. 288 pp. ISBN 0-8130-1727-0, $49.95. During Spanish America’s colonial era, religious chroniclers frequently argued that the true wealth of those regions was not the silver that so many sought in the mines of Potosí and Zacatecas, but rather the rich veins of Christian faith and devotion to be found in the American soils. In our own time, Latin American scholars are finding the history of the colonial-era church to be a mine that rewards those willing to dig deeply. In Women’s Spiritual Autobiography in Colonial Spanish America, literary scholar Kristine Ibsen unearths just such riches, introducing her readers to the spiritual writ- ings of eight black-veiled nuns, several of whom were virtually unknown until very recently. Ibsen also processes the raw ores, revealing just how enriching the study of colonial-era religious history has become. The focal point of this monograph is “women’s personal narrative,” a lit- erature “rooted in the hagiographic tradition of vitae, in which, at the request of a confessor, nuns wrote about their spiritual lives” (vii). Ibsen’s octet of writing nuns includes four women from New Spain,

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Published: Jun 1, 2001

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