Date of Award

12-17-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Modern & Classical Languages

First Advisor

Dr. Mónica Díaz

Second Advisor

Dr. Annette Cash

Abstract

This thesis offers a close reading and an analysis of the Vida of Madre María Magdalena Lorravaquio. It is the purpose of this thesis to examine how Lorravaquio expresses agency, authority and power throughout her Vida by means of the rhetoric of imitatio Christi and descriptions of her visions and illnesses. For the aim of this work, agency is interpreted as free-will and consciousness in terms of action; as a result, the author and the work itself, both of which demonstrate agency, exude power and authority. This type of analysis will explore if the Vida genre can be read as quasi-feminist texts.

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