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Amazons, Wives, Nuns, and Witches
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Writing Brazilian women back into history, this book presents the first comprehensive study in English of how women experienced and understood their lives within the society created by the Portuguese imperial government and the colonial era Roman Catholic Church.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction. Amazons and Others
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. Amazons and Cannibals: Imagining Brazilian Women in the Colonial Period
  2. pp. 19-54
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  1. 2. The Body of Virtues: The Christian Ideal for Brazilian Women
  2. pp. 55-83
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  1. 3. Reading, Writing, and Sewing: Education for Brazilian Women
  2. pp. 84-106
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  1. 4. Before the Church Doors: Women as Wives and Concubines
  2. pp. 107-142
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  1. 5. Freiras and Recolhidas: The Reclusive Life for Brazilian Women
  2. pp. 143-182
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  1. 6. Women and Magic: Religious Dissidents in Colonial Brazil
  2. pp. 183-227
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  1. Conclusion. Closing the Colonial Era
  2. pp. 228-238
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 239-270
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 271-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-308
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