El arte nuevo de hacer vidas: the soldier, the playwright, and the mystic: multiple transgressions in the presentation of their vidas/lives

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dc.contributor Clayton, Lawrence
dc.contributor Moody, Sarah
dc.contributor Picone, Michael
dc.contributor Worden, William
dc.contributor.advisor Janiga-Perkins, Constance
dc.contributor.author Mooney, Jane
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:47:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:47:12Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001225
dc.identifier.other Mooney_alatus_0004D_11464
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1697
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This dissertation contemplates the lives and writings of three seventeenth-century Spanish Colonial conventual authors - Catalina de Erauso, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Madre Jerónima Nava y Saavedra - from a feminist and socio-historical perspective. From the elite female environment of the cloistered convent Erauso, Sor Juana, and Nava intruded upon the male-dominated worlds of the Conquest, literature, and ecclesiastical debates. They appropriated the patriarchal narrative genres of Lives of Saints, the comedia, essays, and soldier's tales - all popular literary genres in early modern Spain and Colonial Spanish-America. Using these different literary genres Erauso, Sor Juana, and Nava produced textual representations of themselves that stand in stark contrast to the prescriptive female behavioral norms of the period. The analysis focuses on the manner in which, Erauso, Sor Juana and Nava appropriated, subverted, and exploited the dominant culture's own literary mechanisms (comedias, legal defense, essays, and confessional letters ) and its ideologies (female gender proscriptions) to legitimize their personal deviation from the dominant cultural norm. The innovations and particularities present in their works underscore these conventual authors' individual interpretations of femininity, masculinity, and spirituality, which enabled them to gain a sense of agency for themselves. What Erauso, Sor Juana, and Nava said through their texts and with their lived experiences, specifically their unorthodox reformulations of gender roles, was transgressive for their times. Why then did the pillars of early modern Spain (the Church, the Crown, and Society) accept and even promote Erauso's Vida i sucesos, Sor Juana's La Respuesta, and Los empeños de una casa, and Nava's Autobiografía de una monja venerable? This dissertation's key proposition is that the Catholic Baroque worldview of the seventeenth-century Spanish Empire informed society's acceptance of the non-normative content and structure of Erauso, Sor Juana, and Nava's manuscripts and their lives. Seventeenth-century Spanish society's fascination with the Baroque phenomenon of monstrous hybrids and the dramatic character of the muger varonil was crucial in influencing widespread acceptance of these transgressive historical figures. Elucidating the Baroque Catholic milieu provides the opportunity to makes visible these exceptional women long hidden under the obfuscation of culture and time.
dc.format.extent 259 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Romance literature
dc.subject.other Latin American literature
dc.title El arte nuevo de hacer vidas: the soldier, the playwright, and the mystic: multiple transgressions in the presentation of their vidas/lives
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Modern Languages and Classics
etdms.degree.discipline Romance Languages
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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