By Kathryn Joy Mcknight
In the course of the fifty-three years she lived in a convent within the urban of Tunja in what's now Colombia, writer Madre Castillo stretched the authorised limitations of lady habit via veiling her highbrow actions within the tasks of a colonial nun. Her autobiographical writings show a deeply conflicted person whose willing brain chafed opposed to the constraints of Counter-Reformation ideology.
In this quantity, Kathryn pleasure McKnight bargains an insightful research of Madre Castillo's lifestyles and writings. She situates those writings inside of a practice of girl autobiography during which nuns negotiated the ability to symbolize themselves via inscribing into their tales bleeding our bodies, demonic temptations, and celestial visions.
McKnight attracts on feminist and post-structural feedback, contemporary scholarship on nuns' writings, and large examine in colonial data to increase a framework for figuring out Madre Castillo's lifestyles and the style of the religious autobiography, so frequently required of mystic nuns by way of their confessors.
Madre Castillo's released works, Su vida and the Afectos espirituals, current a desirable distinction in self-portraits. Proclaiming herself the heart of convent scandal, the three-time abbess wrote an autobiographical story marked by means of discord and self-degradation whereas, with higher self assurance, her journal-like Afectos enters the world of scriptural observation the place few lady contemporaries dared to tread.