Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Relación del Festejo Que a Los Marqueses De Las Amarillas Les Hicieron Las Señoras Religiosas del Convento De San Jerónimo México 1756

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Relación del Festejo Que a Los Marqueses De Las Amarillas Les Hicieron Las Señoras Religiosas del Convento De San Jerónimo México 1756

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Barruchi y Arana, Joaquín, auth., and Frederick Luciani, ed. Relación del festejo que a los Marqueses de las Amarillas les hicieron las Señoras Religiosas del Convento de San Jerónimo México 1756. [Biblioteca Indiana, 30.] (Madrid: Iberoamericana; Frankfurt am Main:Vervuert; Mexico City: Bonilla Artigas Editores. 201 1 . Pp. 1 99. euro24,00 paperback. ISBN 978-848489-583-1.)

To those unfamiliar with the history of women's convents in Spain and Spanish America this study of a theatrical performance (and its full text in Spanish) in a mid-eighteenth century convent in Mexico may appear surprising.Theater in a convent? The presumed separation of the consecrated world from the mundane activities of the secular society was more virtual than real. The intellectual tradition of Italian, Spanish, and Spanish American women's convents also included a thespian vocation. Editor and commentator Frederick Luciani surveys historical data pertaining to Mexico and Peru that corroborates the existence of a rich tradition of theater within the conventual walls. As he notes, authorship remained anonymous in many instances, although nuns certainly wrote these works on numerous occasions.They also provided the seriography, the music, and- along with the girls in the convents-the acting when the audience was exclusively religious. In fact, conventual theater involved all the women in the convent and showcased the talent of some male authors who wrote for the convent. …

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