Women, Religion & the Atlantic World, 1600-1800 by Daniella Kostroun, Lisa Vollendorf

By Daniella Kostroun, Lisa Vollendorf

Drawing on old, literary, and anthropological methodologies, Women, faith, and the Atlantic World explores the which means of an 'Atlantic neighborhood' and demanding situations the normal barriers of nation-bound inquiry within the humanities. The volume's individuals concentrate on ecu, indigenous, Creole, African, and mestiza women's interactions with transferring paradigms of Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, and syncretic ideals in the course of the Atlantic basin to spotlight the original cultural dynamics of the Atlantic.

Mapping those topics with a various variety of person, imperial, and institutional instances, the essays comprise stories of a Peruvian nun's conflict opposed to a black demon, an African slave whose wisdom of the Bible surprised white males, and local American healers accused of witchcraft. via a considerate attention of the complexity of the spiritual panorama of the Atlantic basin, the gathering presents an enriching portrayal of the exciting interaction among faith, gender, ethnicity, and authority within the early sleek Atlantic world.

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Uiuc. html> (9 March 2008); and Eyda Merediz and Nina Gerassi-Navarro, ‘Introduction: Confluencias de lo transatlántico y lo latinoamericano,’ in Nina Gerassi-Navarro y Eyda M. , Otros estudios transatlánticos. Lecturas desde lo latinoamericano. Revista Iberoamericana, 75, no. 228 (2009). : Vanderbilt University Press, 2005). : Princeton University Press, 1989) remains important for its analysis of issues of identity formation and its contribution to the shift towards culture in Atlantic Studies.

Princeton University Press, 2006); Helen C. Rountree, Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown (Charleston: University of Virginia Press, 2005); and Linda Sturtz, Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia (New York: Routledge, 2002). 15 The influence of Bynum’s work is discussed by Barbara Diefendorf in the first essay of our volume. See Bynum’s Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion (New York: Zone Books, 1991); and Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1987).

Other paintings at Pontoise also show a very original iconography. 35 More comparative work needs to be done to explore such variations in the way a common religious heritage could be expressed under different circumstances and in different locales. Rethinking the Catholic Reformation 43 If variations in orthodox spirituality still remain in many respects unexplored, recent scholarship displays a greater effort to understand and explain some of the more difficult – and less appealing – dimensions of early modern spirituality, including the bodily mortifications and penitential practices adopted by large numbers of devout lay women and nuns.

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