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Jesus in Our Wombs: Embodying Modernity in a Mexican Convent
by Rebecca Lester (Goodreads Author)
In Jesus in Our Wombs, Rebecca J. Lester takes us behind the walls of a Roman Catholic convent in central Mexico to explore the lives, training, and experiences of a group of postulants—young women in the first stage of religious training as nuns. Lester, who conducted eighteen months of fieldwork in the convent, provides a rich ethnography of these young women's journeys ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published April 4th 2005 by University of California Press
(first published March 5th 2005)
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This is one of the best books I have read on religion, subjectivity, and the body. It is ethnographically rich and accessible, detailing the everyday lives of postulants (aspiring nuns) in a Mexican convent as they remake their selves to embody divinity. This would be a compelling and interesting narrative in itself, involving layers of emotion, self-reflection, somatic attention, prayer, sociality and sacrifice, which Lester captures beautifully in the words and actions of the young women. Howe ...more