Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


American Studies

Second Department

French Studies

Reader 1

Thomas Koenigs

Reader 2

Bill Anthes

Reader 3

Claire Nettleton

Rights Information

© 2016 Jinna E Johnson


This thesis examines the relationship between French female Catholicism during the 17th century and representations of Huron women’s spirituality in Relations des Jésuites. I argue that the nuances of French dévote culture highlight the elevated status of women in Huron indigenous society. These portraits of Huron women by the Jesuits inspired French women to breach the cloister and become missionaries, resulting in newfound religious freedoms for dévotes achieved through imperialistic efforts against the Huron nation.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.