Black Bride of Christ
Chicaba, an African Nun in Eighteenth-Century Spain
This volume, the first English translation of the Compendio, is a hagiography, an example of a biographical genre that recounts the lives and describes the spiritual practices of saints officially canonized by the Church, respected ecclesiastical leaders, or holy people informally recognized by local devotees. The effort to have Chicaba canonized continues today, as Fra-Molinero and Houchins explore in their introduction to the volume.
"Scholars in early modern studies across a number of fields—literary, historical, gender, religious, and Hispanic—will find in this book an untold but compelling story of spirituality and race and of 'the politics of intersectionality.'"
—Israel Burshatin, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, Haverford College
"Houchins and Fra-Molinero have done us a great service with their careful work and analyses. Scholars of the African diaspora, of Hispanic studies, of Catholic studies, and of women's studies will appreciate this volume, rich in resources."
—Laura Swan, OSB, Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History