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Neither Saints Nor SinnersWriting the Lives of Women in Spanish America$
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Kathleen Ann Myers

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157239.001.0001

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(p.164) Conclusions
Neither Saints Nor Sinners

Kathleen Ann Myers

Oxford University Press

Two key periods in time and two geographical centers framed the lives of the women discussed in this book. The first was Lima, Peru, in the early 1620s. It was there that America's most lauded saint, Rosa de lima, and one of America's most officially approved sinners, Catalina de Erauso, tuned into their respective paths to sanctity or notoriety. The setting for the lives of Catarina de San Juan, María de San José, and Sor Inés de la Cruz was New Spain in the late 1680 and early 1690. The only exception was Ursula Suaárez who wrote from Chile, and that there was no trace of a subsequent biographical rescripting of her life. The women and their clerical counterparts demonstrate how a single spiritual model, the perfecta religiosa, could produce a multiplicity of lives, life symbols, and their identities.

Keywords:   New World, spiritual model, perfecta religiosa, New Spain, Lima, vida

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