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The Life and Writings of Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza


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Table of Contents

Illustrations xi
Acknowledgments xiii
The Other Voice 1
Luisa de Carvajal's Life Writings 6
The World of the Spanish Nobility 13
Early Childhood Reminiscences 17
Adolescence and Penitential Discipline 25
Spiritual Poetry 36
The Sacred and the Profane in Carvajal's Spiritual Poetry 41
Correspondence 48
Desire for Martyrdom in England 54
Missionary Life in London 66
A Roman Priest in Women's Clothing 71
The Traffic in Relics 78
Circulating Her Life Story 91
Luisa de Carvajal's Afterlife 98
Autobiography 111
Selected Spiritual Poems 153
Selected Correspondence 201
Bibliography 351
Index 365

About the Author

Anne J. Cruz is professor of Spanish and Cooper Fellow at the University of Miami. Her publications range from studies on Spanish Petrarchism, Cervantes, and the comedia to women's writings and the picaresque novel. She is a member of the Bibliografia de Escritoras Espanolas (Bieses) Research Team, coeditor of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and editor of the Ashgate series New Hispanisms: Cultural and Literary Studies. She has recently been named corresponding member of Spain's Royal Academy of History.


"Luisa de Carvajal's writings offer compelling accounts of the persecution of English recusants and insights into the political and diplomatic background to the pax hispanica. Her religious poetry and autobiographical writings, at once disturbing and powerful, vividly document a particular strand of women's penitential piety. Without pathologizing Carvajal, Anne Cruz's masterful introduction provides the essential literary and historical context for approaching this controversial would-be martyr."
* Alison Weber, University of Virginia *

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