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Sarah Elizabeth Owens
College of Charleston (Charleston, SC 29424-0001)
The Cultural Impact of Catholic Nuns in the Spanish Philippines during the 17th-Century Expansion of the Iberian Empire

This project will shed light on a small group of Franciscan nuns who travelled from Spain to the Philippines in the 1620s. The main source material for this study comes from an unpublished manuscript written by Sor Ana de Cristo about the journey and the life of Sor Jerónima de la Asunción, the founder of the first convent in Asia. Sor Ana’s narration offers the reader a fascinating glimpse of multiple places within the Iberian empire. Part of her work describes their 15-month journey to Manila, a travel saga that also included an overland trek across Mexico. The goal of this project, a book-length work, will be of great importance to the humanities since very little has been written about gender, travel, and religious women’s literary production in the Spanish Pacific. This project will show the important cultural impact of Catholic nuns in the Spanish Pacific, an area of study that has not received the recognition it deserves.

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Project fields:
Spanish Literature

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2014