Quill and Cross in the Borderlands: Sor Maria de Agreda and the Lady in Blue, 1628 to the Present (Hardback)
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Quill and Cross in the Borderlands: Sor Maria de Agreda and the Lady in Blue, 1628 to the Present (Hardback)

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Hardback 468 Pages / Published: 30/06/2018
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Quill and Cross in the Borderlands examines nearly four hundred years of history, folklore, literature, and art concerning the seventeenth-century Spanish nun and writer Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda, identified as the legendary "Lady in Blue" who miraculously appeared to tribes in colonial-era New Mexico and taught them the rudiments of the Catholic faith. Sor Maria, an author of mystical Marian works, became renowned not only for her alleged spiritual travel from her cloister in Spain to the New World, but also for her writing, studied and implemented by Franciscans on both sides of the ocean.

Working from original historical accounts, archival research, and a wealth of literature on the legend and the historical figure alike, Anna M. Nogar meticulously examines how and why the legend and the person became intertwined in Catholic consciousness and social praxis. In addition to the influence of the narrative of the Lady in Blue in colonial Mexico, Nogar addresses Sor Maria's importance as an author of spiritual texts that influenced many spheres of New Spanish and Spanish society. Quill and Cross in the Borderlands focuses on the reading and interpretation of her works, especially in New Spain, where they were widely printed and disseminated.

Over time, in the developing folklore of the Indo-Hispano populations of the present-day U.S. Southwest and the borderlands, the historical Sor Maria and her writings virtually disappeared from view, and the Lady in Blue became a prominent folk figure, appearing in folk stories and popular histories. These folk accounts drew the Lady in Blue into the present day, where she appears in artwork, literature, theater, and public ritual. Nogar's examination of these contemporary renderings leads to a reconsideration of the ambiguities that lie at the heart of the narrative. Quill and Cross in the Borderlands documents the material legacy of a legend that has survived and thrived for hundreds of years, and at the same time rediscovers the historical basis of a hidden writer. This book will interest scholars and researchers of colonial Latin American literature, early modern women writers, folklore and ethnopoetics, and Mexican American cultural studies.

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN: 9780268102135
Number of pages: 468
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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With Quill and Cross in the Borderlands, Anna Nogar brilliantly highlights the literary importance of Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda, the legendary 'Lady in Blue' of the U.S. Southwest, as a key woman writer of Spanish colonial borderlands. Like the miraculous bilocation attributed to her in 1630, appearing to indigenous peoples in New Mexico while in her Spanish cloister, Sor Maria de Jesus Agreda's spiritual writings influenced Spanish missionary practices for decades. Thanks to Nogar's clear style and ground-breaking research, this book provides a fascinating account of how one nun's writings influenced the course of the Spanish colonial project even as she became a legend in the Americas despite never crossing the Atlantic.--John Moran Gonzalez, University of Texas at Austin
"Anna M. Nogar's contribution is necessary and just, in great part because nuns from both sides of the Atlantic are frequently decontextualized for the sake of exclusively theological, gender, or ideological interests." "Anna M. Nogar's contribution is necessary and just, in great part because nuns from both sides of the Atlantic are frequently decontextualized for the sake of exclusively theological, gender, or ideological interests."--Latin American Literature Today
" Quill and Cross in the Borderlands is a work of synthesis. Nogar weaves Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda's roles as woman religious, author, mystic, and protomissionary into a vibrant historical trajectory that moves beyond fragmentary treatment of the nun as a predominantly folk figure."--Journal of Folklore Research

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