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Wounds of Love: The Mystical Marriage of Saint Rose of Lima

Frank Graziano


An in-depth study of St. Rose of Lima (1586–1617), canonized in 1671 as the first saint of the New World, serves to explore the meanings of female mysticism and the ways in which saints are products of their cultures. The opening chapter analyzes trends in scholarship on mysticism and the interrelations of sanctity and insanity. Rose and flower poetics are then pursued into the odor of sanctity, “deflowering,” edenic imagery, and the miracle by which Rose of Lima received her name. Two historical chapters analyze the politics of Rose of Lima’s canonization, exploring how mystical union bypasse ... More

Keywords: female mysticism, mystical marriage, St. Rose of Lima, St. Catherine of Siena, psychohistory, beatas, Dominicans, colonial Peru, insanity, Song of Songs, mortification, masochism, eating disorders, canonization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195136401
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195136403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Graziano, author
Connecticut College
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