The Lieutenant Nun

Sherry Velasco argues that the ways in which literary, theatrical, iconographic, and cinematic productions have transformed Erauso's life experience into a public spectacle show how transgender narratives expose and manipulate spectators' ...

The Lieutenant Nun

The Lieutenant Nun

Catalina de Erauso (1592-1650) was a Basque noblewoman who, just before taking final vows to become a nun, escaped from the convent at San Sebastián, dressed as a man, and, in her own words, "went hither and thither, embarked, went into port, took to roving, slew, wounded, embezzled, and roamed about." Her long service fighting for the Spanish empire in Peru and Chile won her a soldier's pension and a papal dispensation to continue dressing in men's clothing. This theoretically informed study analyzes the many ways in which the "Lieutenant Nun" has been constructed, interpreted, marketed, and consumed by both the dominant and divergent cultures in Europe, Latin America, and the United States from the seventeenth century to the present. Sherry Velasco argues that the ways in which literary, theatrical, iconographic, and cinematic productions have transformed Erauso's life experience into a public spectacle show how transgender narratives expose and manipulate spectators' fears and desires. Her book thus reveals what happens when the private experience of a transgenderist is shifted to the public sphere and thereby marketed as a hybrid spectacle for the curious gaze of the general audience.

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The Lieutenant Nun
Language: en
Pages: 255
Authors: Sherry Velasco
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-12-03 - Publisher: University of Texas Press

Catalina de Erauso (1592-1650) was a Basque noblewoman who, just before taking final vows to become a nun, escaped from the convent at San Sebastián, dressed as a man, and, in her own words, "went hither and thither, embarked, went into port, took to roving, slew, wounded, embezzled, and roamed
Lieutenant Nun
Language: en
Pages: 128
Authors: Catalina De Erauso
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-02-07 - Publisher: Beacon Press

One of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman, this is the extraordinary tale of Catalina de Erauso, who in 1599 escaped from a Basque convent dressed as a man and went on to live one of the most wildly fantastic lives of any woman in history. A soldier in
Catalina de Erauso
Language: en
Pages: 133
Authors: Heidi Zogbaum
Categories: Basques
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015 - Publisher:

Catalina de Erauso, known as the Lieutenant Nun, is one of the most colourful figures in the conquest of the Americas. A novice in a nunnery, she escaped and dressed as a boy. She then embarked on a chequered career in Peru as a soldier. Zogbaum follows the path of
The Life of Catalina de Erauso, the Lieutenant Nun
Language: es
Pages: 286
Authors: Sonia Pérez-Villanueva
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-01-14 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

This book examines Vida y sucesos de la Monja Alférez as a form of autobiography through a comparative study with early-modern secular life narratives. Two questions are addressed. How is Vida y sucesos similar to or different from picaresque novels, chronicles of the New World and soldiers’ narratives? How are
In Search of Catalina de Erauso
Language: en
Pages: 243
Authors: Eva Mendieta
Categories: Basques
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher: Center for Basque Studies UV of Nevada, Reno

"An investigation of the life and historical milieu of Catalina de Erauso (1592-1650), the lieutenant nun, with emphasis on her national and gender identities"--Provided by publisher.

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