The overall effect is a catechism based on the writings of the mystic. Written by a Colombian, the book is nationalistic in tone and hagiographic, taking pride in Madre Castillo as a Spanish American mystic in the tradition of European mystics of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Perricone, too, is somewhat uncritical of Madre Castillo and accepts her writing at face value. However, she provides a valuable listing of key themes in the author’s work, including her mastery of the Divine Office. Finally, Robledo comments on the impact of Madre Castillo’s confessors’ demands on her writing, noting how the author manipulated the male clerics’ expectations to generate drama in her life narrative and show her special status as one of the elect in God’s divine order.
Work by Madre Castillo
Obras completas. 2 vols. Ed. Dario Achury Valenzuela. Bogotá: Talleres Gráficos del Banco de la República, 1968.
Works about Madre Castillo
Antoni, Claudio G. “Women of the Early Modern Period: A Late Baroque Devotional Writer: Madre Castillo.” Vox Benedictina 4.2 (April 1987): 155–68.
Flores, Ángel, ed. The Literature of Spanish America. Vol. 1. New York: Las Américas Publishing Co., 1966.
Gimbernat de González, Ester. “El discurso sonámbulo de la Madre Castillo.” Letras Femeninas 13.1–2 (1987): 43–52.
McKnight, Kathryn Joy. The Mystic of Tunja: The Writings of Madre Castillo, 1671–1742. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.
Morales Borrero, María Teresa. La Madre Castillo: Su espiritualidad y su estilo. Bogotá: Instituto Caro y Cuervo, 1968.
Perricone, Catherine R. “La Madre Castillo: Mística para América.” Santa Teresa y la literatura mística hispánica. Ed. Manuel Criado de Val. Madrid: Edi-6, 1984.
Robledo, Ángela I. “La Madre Castillo: autobiografía mística y discurso marginal.” Letras Femeninas 18.1–2 (1992): 55–63.
JOHN F. CROSSEN
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