History 1123 - Spring 2003
Lieutenant Nun: Identity and Social Position in a
General Standards: Your essay should be two pages in length, typed
and double-spaced. You should also use standard margins, and 12 pt. Courier
or Times New Roman font. In addition, you must document what you write with
footnotes. For more on footnoting and some tips on writing historical essays,
see the general guidelines for writing section of the course syllabus.
Specific Guidelines: Having read Lieutenant Nun, by Catalina
de Erauso, choose one of the following questions and answer it in a well-argued
and well-supported paper. Remember you must document what you say using De
Erauso's memoir and, if you wish, additional sources assigned for this course.
Do not use any other sources for the paper.
- Catalina de Erauso claims many different statuses (including that of
gender) and occupies a number of different positions in the social order
as she makes her way from northern Spain to the Americas and back. Write
a paper in which you identify the different statuses and positions she claims
and explain why she claims them and which one of them is most central to
- Although Catalina de Erauso's narrative does not make many explicit
references to the different roles played by men and women in Spain and the
Americas, her story refers to the differences with regularity. Identify the
roles allotted to men and to women in the Spanish world and explain the importance
of gender in determining one's position in the social order in the Spanish
- Using the information you glean from the Catalina de Erauso's
memoir, describe the social order in the Spanish Americas and explain its
guiding principles. Remember to include ethnicity/race, gender, and social
rank in your discussion.
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