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Convent Autobiography: Early Modern English Nuns in Exile

Victoria Van Hyning


Convent Autobiography explores the ways in which cloistered women articulated their senses of self through genres such as letters, chronicles, accounts, guidance and devotional manuals, and conversion narratives. The book explores writings by early modern English women who elected a double self-exile from home and ‘from the world’, undertakings that shaped and informed so much of their self-writing. These nuns sometimes composed under their own names, but many composed anonymously. Using a combination of close reading, palaeography, manuscript evidence and other data, this book reveals the ide ... More

Keywords: autobiography, nuns, Catholicism, conversion, chronicles, egnre, anonymity, exile, palaeography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266571
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266571.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria Van Hyning, author
Senior Innovation Specialist, Library of Congress