Black Saint of the Americas: The Life and Afterlife of Martín de Porres (Cambridge Latin American Studies) Hardcover – 13 Oct 2014
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'In a time of change and promise for the Catholic Church under its first Latin American Pope, Celia Cussen offers readers a fascinating account of the first black saint of the Americas, Peru's Fray Martín de Porres. From his emergence as the son of a Spanish American father and formerly enslaved woman, to the movement to canonize him long after his death, Black Saint of the Americas has much to teach us about the history of Catholicism in the New World. And, like the saint she reveals in this impeccably researched and highly readable life and afterlife of de Porres, Cussen's book is 'good to think with'.' Henry Louis Gates, Jr, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
'… a deft new portrait of Lima's kiln of spiritual longing and fluorescence in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Celia Cussen's angle - a Mulato barber-surgeon whose vectors of interaction lead within and without the cloisters of powerful Santo Domingo - interrupts as it enhances our understanding of an age still most often defined through its contemporaneous saintly, variously white contemporaries. Thanks to sustained engagement with the hard limits and overspilling promise of hagiography, visual imagery, and layers upon layers of sacred history, purported margins are shown to have been central. Cussen's Martín de Porres raises questions that are sure to excite further research into multiethnic sanctities in the early modern Spanish world and well beyond.' Kenneth Mills, University of Toronto
This is the first scholarly study of the life and cult of the black Peruvian saint, Martín de Porres (1579–1639), the son of a Spaniard and a freed slavewoman from Panamá. It traces the evolution of his cult and the events in Peru, the United States and Rome that led to his canonization in 1962.See all Product Description
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