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Sor Ursula Suárez

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Biographical details

Born in 1666 into an upper-class Chilean family, she went against her mother's wishes by entering the convent. She wrote her autobiography. Her confessor told her to write her story and provided her with sufficient paper to write for one day; he would then take her work from her each day and not allow her to see it again. She was eventually elected abbess. (Scott, 223)

A "Monja clarisa" who was one of the first Chilean women to write stories. Her work is largely autobiographical, life in the convent, and other narrations of colonial life. Her writing, in numerous notebooks, survived and is kept in the Biblioteca Nacional de Santiago. Vera Lamperein, 37)

She died in 1749.

Life Events

Born 1666
Died 1749


Smith, Verity, (1997), Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature

Vera Lamperein, Lina, (1994), Presencia femenina en la literatura nacional: Una trayectoria apasionante 1750-1991

Davies, Catherine, Brewster, Claire and Owen, Hilary, (2006), South American Independence. Gender, Politics, Text


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