Jessica Delgado to present “Sacramental Learning: Confession, Communion, and Laywomen in Colonial Mexico"

Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

In Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century New Spain, the sacraments of confession and communion were profoundly meaningful and yet dangerous points of interaction with church teachings and authorities for laywomen. Women’s experiences of these rituals differed across geography as well as racial and social status, and several patterns of engagement, contestation, and meaning making emerge in diverse laywomen’s testimonies about them. This talk will explore some of these patterns and the process of dialectical learning that took place for both women and clergymen in the context of these sacraments. The main focus will be on women’s sacramental expectations, interpretations, and responses, and will highlight the often surprising sacramental behavior of indigenous women in this era.

216 Burr Hall