The a oecanona of Hispanic mysticism is expanding. By taking a more inclusive approach to studying mysticism in its a oemarginala manifestations, we draw mysticisma "in all its complex iterationsa "back toward its rightful place at the center of early modern spiritual experience.
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Hilaire Kallendorf, Ph.D. (2000) in Comparative Literature, Princeton University, is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. Her books include Exorcism and Its Texts (2003) and Conscience on Stage (2007), both published by the University of Toronto Press. The Contributors: Alastair Hamilton, Alastair.Hamilton@sas.ac.uk Christina Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org Clara E. Herrera, Clarabe13@aol.com Colin Thompson, email@example.com Darcy Donahue, firstname.lastname@example.org Elena Del Rio Parra, Rio@gsu.edu Evelyn Toft, email@example.com Fernando Lopez Duran, fernando.duran@UCA.ES Francisco Morales, firstname.lastname@example.org Freddy Dominguez, email@example.com Glyn Redworth, firstname.lastname@example.org Jane Ackerman, email@example.com Jessica Boon, firstname.lastname@example.org Jose Adriano, email@example.com Luce Lopez Baralt, firstname.lastname@example.org Maria Mercedes Carrion, email@example.com Maryrica Lottman, firstname.lastname@example.org Tess Knighton, email@example.com
I. Preface Colin Thompson II. Introduction Hilaire Kallendorf III. Chapter Summaries IV. Larger Trends 1. Religious Autobiography Fernando Duran Lopez 2. Traditions, Life Experiences and Orientations in Portuguese Mysticism (1515-1630) Jose Adriano de Freitas Carvalho 3. New World Colonial Franciscan Mystical Practice Francisco Morales 4. The Alumbrados: Dejamiento and Its Practitioners Alastair Hamilton V. Specific Figures 1. Mother Juana de la Cruz: Marian Visions and Female Preaching Jessica Boon 2. John of the Cross, the Difficult Icon Jane Ackerman 3. Teresa of Jesus and Islam: The Simile of the Seven Concentric Castles of the Soul Luce Lopez-Baralt 4. The Mysticism of Saint Ignatius Loyola Darcy Donahue 5. Cecilia del Nacimiento, Second-Generation Mystic of the Carmelite Reform Evelyn Toft 6. The Influences of Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Teresa of Avila on the Colombian Nun Jeronima Nava y Saavedra (1669-1727) Clara Herrera 7. A New Way of Living? Luisa de Carvajal and the Limits of Mysticism Glyn Redworth 8. From Saint to Sinner: Sixteenth-Century Perceptions of "La Monja de Lisboa" Freddy Dominguez VI. Interdisciplinary Applications 1. The Gardens of Teresa of Avila Maryrica Ortiz Lottman 2. Home, Sweet Home: Teresa de Jesus, Mudejar Architecture, and the Place of Mysticism in Early Modern Spain Maria Mercedes Carrion 3. Interrupted Mysticism in Cervantes's Persiles Christina H. Lee 4. Suspensio Animi, or Mysticism in Literature Elena del Rio Parra 5. "Through a Glass Darkly": Music and Mysticism in Golden Age Spain Tess Knighton VII. Bibliography VIII. List of Figures IX. Index
The Bainton Reference Works Prize Committee voted unanimously to award the prize to:
The New Companion to Hispanic Mysticism, ed. Hilaire Kallendorf. Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition, 19.
From the jury's report:
This volume comprehensively covers a very important topic within the history of early modern religion - "Hispanic" mysticism. It provides not only a fine example of the state of current research, but also of new approaches to traditional topics and of new questions to be asked of the materials. Its innovative approach is most evident in the expanded geography of its vision that, looking beyond the traditional borders of Spain, now includes the Spanish possessions not only in the New World, but also in Europe (Portugal, Southern Italy, and the Netherlands). Such a larger geographical view of the field is echoed in the range of the discussions, with articles that consider the relationship of mysticism with such topics as gender, music, or space.
Particularly noteworthy was the editor's decision to seek contributions from scholars at various points in their career and from very different scholarly traditions (Anglo-American, Latin-American, Iberian, Dutch). This decision enriched the offerings and provided a healthy dose of diversity to the collection. The first four articles consider "larger trends" and thus provide a "survey" of the field that will be useful to scholars across the disciplines. The next eight consider "specific figures", both male and female, both European and Latin American, and their relationship with such topics as gender, reform, Islam, or with their precursors, such as St. Catherine of Siena. The last five contributions illustrate the "interdisciplinary applications" the topic and current research both foster.
The book is a terrific reference tool for anyone wishing to teach a course early modern mysticism in general or on Hispanic mysticism itself. Its introduction and its seventeen articles will be useful to scholars across the disciplines and the geography of Europe and its early modern expansion.
"[...] the book is essential for any university library collection. Graduate students, theologians, and scholars in numerous disciplines will benefit from the text's interdisciplinary methodology and vision."
Rafael Luevan, Chapman University, Orange, Calif. In: Theological Studies, December 2011, pp. 926-928.
"This new collection of essays enriches our understanding of Hispanic mysticism in several ways. [...] the essays are well crafted (or well translated) and provide a wealth of information on religious thought, spiritual practice, early modern Spain, and a host of other subjects. The collection is not only a useful tool for scholars and students, but also a pleasurable read. Hilaire Kallendorf is to be congratulated."
Barbara Mujica, Georgetown University. In: The Medieval Review 11.06.03
"This book, then, sets a new agenda for the study of the Spanish and Portuguese mystics, in the Old World and the New. Its essays and their accompanying footnotes will prove a rich resource for further investigation."
Colin Thompson (Saint Catherine's College, Oxford)
1 volume, 450-page, 20-chapter, English-language survey of this phenomenon of early modern Iberian culture. To be published in 2010. Mysticism was of particular interest in the popular devotion of early modern Spain, with cross-fertilizations from Jewish and Islamic traditions and representations in literature, art and music. The study of Spanish mysticism has undergone a revolution in recent years with opening of the Spanish archives (especially those of the Inquisition) in the post-Franco era. But scholarship itself is now prepared to consider mysticism in a far wider range of manifestations than before: not just mainstream orthodox saints, but marginal figures are now seen as practicioners of mysticism and evidence is now examined and accepted which does not fall into traditional paradigms or academic traditions.
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