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Brides of ChristConventual Life in Colonial Mexico$
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Asuncion Lavrin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752831

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752831.001.0001

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Writing in the Cloisters

Writing in the Cloisters

(p.310) Chapter Ten Writing in the Cloisters
Brides of Christ
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This chapter examines the writings of nuns in colonial Mexico. It describes some significant features of the circumstances that encouraged writing among nuns and several of the diverse forms of expression it adopted. It explains that literacy was an essential part of convent life and that aside from personal diaries the nuns also wrote plays, poems, and articles about history. This chapter presents insights on faith, doubt, observance, daily life, and the nature of piety practiced throughout the colonial period provided by the works of the nuns.

Keywords:   nuns, writings, colonial Mexico, convent life, literacy, plays, poems, faith, doubt, daily life

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