This article explores the characterization of military labour and martial honour in the Vida de la Monja Alférez attributed to Catalina de Erauso (?1592-1650). Reading Erauso's Vida against the backdrop of the military revolution and concurrent social upheavals, and alongside other military memoirs from the period, I argue that there is an underlying coherence between the Vida's criminal episodes and heroic scenes, which in turn reflects a conflicted notion of martial honour that comprises both exemplary conduct and transgression. At stake in this recontextualization of the Vida is a more nuanced grasp of the text itself and a more capacious understanding of the ways in which the professionalization of war was represented in early modern literature.
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- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language
- Literature and Literary Theory