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Worlds of Junipero Serra: Historical Contexts and Cultural Representations

Steven W. Hackel


In September 2015, Junípero Serra was canonized by Pope Francis in Washington, D.C. Like most complex historical figures, Junípero Serra has been interpreted in countless ways since his death in 1784, and he is often contextualized mainly in California despite his time spent elsewhere. This book situates Serra in the context of all the major places that he lived, learned, and proselytized: Mallorca, Central Mexico, and Alta California. And it draws upon scholarship from all three regions to create a rare glimpse into the life of the saint in multiple cultural dimensions. Its essays discuss ... More

Keywords: California, Serra, Missionaries, California Indians, California Missions, Serra Gorda, Mallorca, Spanish Colonization, Mission Art, New World Saints, Franciscan Missions, Franciscan Missionaries, Catholic Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520295391
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven W. Hackel, editor
University of California, Riverside

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Part One Mallorca: From Student to Professor

3 Eiusque Manu Scriptus

John Dagenais

Part Two Mexico and California: Serra as Missionary

5 Inside the Cloister

David Rex Galindo

7 Within the Confessional

José Refugio de la Torre Curiel

Part Three Art and Architecture: The Aesthetic Eye of Serra

10 Between Worlds

Cynthia Neri Lewis

Part Four Junípero Serra: Invention and Consumption

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