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La mística ciudad de Dios (1670) von Maria von Agreda (eBook)

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La mística ciudad de Dios (1670)

The book introduces readers to literary links between this seventeenth-century prose of Sor María de Jesú;s de Agreda and other Spanish baroque masterpieces. The author reexamines the original text and discovers significant dimensions regarding its historical, religious, and literary importance. His research of the novelesque form and "dialogical principles" operative in La mística ciudad de Dios provides convincing evidence of substantive prose literature.


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    Seitenzahl: 109
    Sprache: Spanisch
    ISBN: 9780916379674
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La mística ciudad de Dios (1670)

Introduction (p. 1)

"Come then, my beloved, come. My dove, hiding in the clefts of the rock, in the coverts of the cliff. Show me your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet and your face is beautiful." (Song of Songs 2:13-14)

1. Statement of Purpose

At first, a vigorous stretch of the imagination may be reguired to accept the above quote as an appropriate introductory comment to the topic of this book. It might even be regarded as a bit irreverent. Yet, one literary masterpiece often serves as a handmaid to the other. Therefore, the above verse taken from the immortal Song of Songs could prove to be at the very least an appropriate antiphon, if not a worthy heralding remark for a study of the work of Sor María de Jesús Agreda. Her recognition as an author is undoubtedly long overdue and the research of her writings lead to the discovery of a literary treasure.

Mística Ciudad de Dios. Milagro de su Omninotencia y abismo de Gracia. Historia Divina y Vida de la Virgen Madre de Dios. Reyna y Señora nuestra María Santísima. Restauradora de la culpa de Eva y Medianera de la Gracia. (1670)

This lengthy title refers to the recordings of a female religious, whose history and background were viewed as somewhat unique, until she became a candidate for sainthood. It appears that often times at this point all mystique and attraction are practically considered normative while at the same time any possible literary contribution is precluded as being of minimal importance.

With concern for an appreciation of the literary valué of the work of María de Agreda, I would like to direct our attention to the foliowing: Given the fact that Sor María de Jesús de Agreda`s most important work of 1670 has not been studied from a literary point of view and that the majority of her related writings remain in manuscript form at the Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid, careful study of that novelesque form, enriched by research in those unedited materials would be a contribution to the study of Spanish baroque literature.

2.Critica/ Coordínales

It follows, therefore, that I would choose an individual upon whose principies of literary criticism I could confidently base my findings. Mikhail Bakhtin, in my opinión, proves to be such an individual, but not with regard to the obvious, ordinary and readily visible aspects of the La Mística Ciudad. Rather, Bakhtin`s expertise will essentially assist in an understanding of that "technical" element of crucial importance which lies at the very heart of the narrative "dynamism" saturating the work, namely, its component of "intertexuality".

Mikhail Bakhtin`s studies, findings and theories, which date back to the early 1920`s, resulted in decisive contributions to the study of literature, linguistics and language. Collectively, his contributions to literature will have a general bearing upon this study. However, with regard to "intertextuality" in La Mística Ciudad, he will emerge almost as "spiritual director". The combination of Bakhtin and María de Agreda results in an interesting literary chemistry since we will draw from the works of confidence and maturity of each author.

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