Between Autohagiography and Confession: Generic Concerns and the Question of Female Self-Representation in Anna Maria Marchocka's Mystical Autobiography

  • Liliana Sikorska

Abstract

The 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.
Published
2006-01-01
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
Section
Gender Studies