A Wild Country Out in the Garden: The Spiritual Journals of a Colonial Mexican Nun

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Madre Maria de San Jose (1656 - 1719)-mystic, chronicler, and co-founder of an Augustinian convent-inscribed her life story within the model of spiritual autobiography set by St. Augustine and Teresa of Avila, but at the same time included her individual story as a seventeenth-century woman of the landowning classes in New Spain. The resulting manuscript records in intimate detail her family life, convent surroundings, and social milieu; it introduces us to a combative and engaging person and gives us a rare and vivid glimpse of a complex society.