FNO 02/ 40-46
José de Anchieta, a perfect Jesuit
His biographers used to say that he was as contemplative as Mary and as diligent as Martha.
In her presentation Dulce Mindlin will be dealing with the fascinating character of José de Anchieta, a 16th century Jesuit who was born in Spain but has lived mostly in Brazil. She will begin with some "must know" facts about his personal life and his literary work which can be read within a number of "frames": the lyric, the narrative and the scenic one, besides his oratory and his epistolography. On a second moment, she will try to explore some of the reasons for which José de Anchieta is not a canonic author, nevertheless the fact that his literary work is doubtless an outstanding one, regarding quality. She will finish her presentation by examining the concept of allegory as used by José de Anchieta in his scenic works, mainly catechetical plays, to further the main purpose of the Society of Jesus: to christianizing, to increasing the number of Catholic people in a recently "Reformed" and "Counter-Reformed" Western religious world.
Dulce Mindlin is Professor emeriti of History at the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil, and currently visiting scholar at the University of Salamanca, Spain.