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Jessica Lorraine Delgado
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)

Laywomen and the Church in Colonial Mexico,1630-1780

Summer research and writing on History of Religion, Latin American and Women's History.

This book explores how laywomen participated in the making of religious culture in colonial Mexico through their engagement with faith rituals, religious authorities, and church institutions. The Church's broadly defined jurisdiction over marriage and sexuality, together with a long tradition of concern about women's spiritual, physical, mental and emotional capacities, led to an expansive body of pastoral, institutional, and juridical ideas and practices aimed specifically at laywomen. Women of diverse life circumstances engaged with and interpreted these ideas and practices as they tried to solve problems, make meaning, and seek protection. Religious authorities found themselves responding to laywomen's engagements and interpretations in ways that subtly altered institutional and sacramental practice. This dialogic relationship was an important aspect of colonial Catholic culture.

Project fields:
History of Religion; Latin American History; Women's History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 8/31/2015