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The Influences Of Saint Catherine Of Siena And Saint Teresa Of Ávila On The Colombian Nun Jerónima Nava Y Saavedra (1669–1727)

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The emphasis is understandably, on the most dominant religious centers of the time: Nueva Espana (Mexico) and Peru. This essay, then, in undertaking to introduce the importance of Catherine's and Teresa's influences on a colonial nun, and by exploring in a preliminary way the impact of her models and inspiration, has also traced an impressive lineage over centuries and worlds as the three figures embody values and actions passed on through their writings. It is this phenomenon that prompted the present study, a preliminary examination of the influences on Jerónima Nava of two prominent spiritual figures, Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Ávila, to see how Jerónima inscribed her life story within the literary tradition established by her European models. Future studies considers the ways in which Jeronima moves away from her models and becomes uniquely her own spokeswoman. It is a subject that, in all aspects, invites further investigation.

Keywords: Catherine of Siena; Influences; Jeronima; Nueva Espana (Mexico); Teresa of Ávila



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