Autobiography of an Aspiring Saint (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) Anne Jacobson Schutte, Cecilia Ferrazzi is available to download
|Autobiography of an Aspiring Saint (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe)|
Anne Jacobson Schutte, Cecilia Ferrazzi
|Type: ||eBook |
|Released: ||1996 |
|Publisher: ||University Of Chicago Press |
|Page Count: ||136 |
|Format: ||pdf |
|Language: ||English |
|ISBN-10: ||0226244466 |
|ISBN-13: ||9780226244464 |
From Publishers Weekly
Cecilia Ferrazzi's story is that of a 17th-century woman who struggled to achieve spiritual holiness and to help womankind avoid degradation and pain.Autobiography of an Aspiring ...
Textbook For her work and her supposed "cynical feigning of holiness," she was brought before the Venetian Inquisition, which denounced her in 1664. In her testimony, she recounted her spiritual warfare with the Devil and trances in which her debilitating physical illnesses were banished through her faith. After her testimony, she dictated a detailed "autobiography" in which she painted an astounding portrait of her spiritual and physical struggles in greater detail, as well as her courageous work running houses of refuge for "girls in danger," young women at risk of being lured into prostitution. Schutte points out, in her long introduction, that the preservation of Ferrazzi's story constitutes a miracle in itself, for Ferrazzi's trial transcripts and her autobiography were kept secret until 1990, when they were first published. Some 300 years later, then, we have a disturbing window into the world of one woman's spiritual quest in a time of tremendous obstacles. The book contains a helpful glossary of names and places. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A fascinating addition to the growing body of social history devoted to "listening to the inarticulate," Ferrazzi's autobiography was dictated in the context of her trial before the Venetian Inquisition (1664^-65) for "feigning holiness." After several court interrogations, she requested and, surprisingly, was granted the opportunity to tell her own story. The result takes the unusual form of what translator Schutte calls an "inquisitorial autobiography." Along with Schutte's lucid introduction and notes, the testimony is an important contribution to an ongoing scholarly debate concerning the historical value of inquisitorial records. A connected narrative, shaped by the hand of the accused rather than the questions of the inquisitor, provides an excellent opportunity to hear a story where there would otherwise be only fragments, and a story that provides a glimpse into the experience of an "ordinary" woman in early modern Europe. Readers interested in the "other voice" that began to emerge in early modern Europe after 3,000 years of misogynist tradition will find this an invaluable resource. Steve Schroeder