Military labour and martial honour in the Vida de la Monja Alférez, Catalina de Erauso

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This article explores the characterization of military labour and martial honour in the Vida de la Monja Alférez attributed to Catalina de Erauso (?1592-1650). Reading Erauso's Vida against the backdrop of the military revolution and concurrent social upheavals, and alongside other military memoirs from the period, I argue that there is an underlying coherence between the Vida's criminal episodes and heroic scenes, which in turn reflects a conflicted notion of martial honour that comprises both exemplary conduct and transgression. At stake in this recontextualization of the Vida is a more nuanced grasp of the text itself and a more capacious understanding of the ways in which the professionalization of war was represented in early modern literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-162
Number of pages16
JournalBulletin of Hispanic Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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