Between Autohagiography and Confession: Generic Concerns and the Question of Female Self-Representation in Anna Maria Marchocka's Mystical Autobiography
AbstractThe seventeenth-century Polish nun Anna Maria Marchocka was counselled by her confessor to confess all her sins in a work which came to be regarded as her Mystical Autobiography. As an unskilled writer obeying her spiritual counsellor, Marchocka was struggling with the manner of self-representation. While she emulated hagiographic models, her confession is anchored in the political situation of Poland, making her text akin to hagiographic discourse fused with auto/biographical information. The similarity of Marchocka's writings to those of late medieval mystical writers makes her an epigone of the mystical tradition.
How to Cite
Sikorska, L. (2006). Between Autohagiography and Confession: Generic Concerns and the Question of Female Self-Representation in Anna Maria Marchocka’s Mystical Autobiography. Florilegium, 23(1), 85 - 96. Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/flor/article/view/12531