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Alone at the Altar : Single Women and Devotion in Guatemala, 1670-1870.

Author: Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara
Publisher: Redwood City : Stanford University Press, 2018.
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This text reframes our understanding of single women and religious culture in colonial and nineteenth-century Latin America. Most works on women and early modern religion examine nuns, holy women, or religious "deviants," and emphasize rising hostility towards female autonomy as officials moved to enclose unmarried women and intensive female religiosity (e.g. mysticism, asceticism). This study takes a different  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Leavitt-Alcántara, Brianna.
Alone at the Altar : Single Women and Devotion in Guatemala, 1670-1870.
Redwood City : Stanford University Press, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara
ISBN: 9781503604391 150360439X
OCLC Number: 1015867988
Description: 1 online resource (312 pages)
Contents: City of women, city of God : poor, single, and holy in Santiago de Guatemala --
Unlikely allies : missionaries and laywomen --
Sex, honor, and devotion --
To educate and evangelize : laywomen, clergy, and late-colonial girls' schools --
The controversial ecstasy of Sor María Teresa Aycinena --
"With knives drawn" : gender, devotion, and politics after independence.

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This text reframes our understanding of single women and religious culture in colonial and nineteenth-century Latin America. Most works on women and early modern religion examine nuns, holy women, or religious "deviants," and emphasize rising hostility towards female autonomy as officials moved to enclose unmarried women and intensive female religiosity (e.g. mysticism, asceticism). This study takes a different approach and examines ordinary laywomen, particularly the broad population of non-elite women living outside of both marriage and convent.

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"Leavitt-Alcantara uncovers a fascinating chapter of history: the groundswell of non-elite Guatemalan women who shaped local religious institutions and beliefs over the course of three centuries. Read more...

 
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