DiSalvo, Angelo J. Books
Dr. Angelo J. DiSalvo has been teaching Spanish and Italian at Indiana State University (Terre Haute, Indiana) for over 25 years, as well as teaching courses on Spanish drama and theatre as well as contemporary Spanish drama and the novel. He earned his Ph.D. in Spanish and Italian from Florida State University. Dr. DiSalvo’s area of specialization is Cervantes’ Don Quijote; his first published book was called Cervantes and the Augustinian Religious Tradition.2005 0-7734-5850-6
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Spain produced a plethora of religious literature. The writers of mystical literature, such as Theresa of Avila and John of the Cross, are very well known, even outside of Hispanic Studies. However, there is another body of work by religious writers such as Malón de Chaide, García Gómez de Cisneros, Alonso de Madrid, Luis de Granada, El Beato Orozco, Tomás de Villanueva and Ignatius of Loyola, to name a few. These writers describe the process of devotional reading, mental prayer, meditation, contemplation, and spiritual as well as ascetical exercises in a context which is more methodical in nature. The great mystics also contributed to this type of religious literature in several of their works. This type of methodical prayer and meditation began in the reform of monasteries such as San Benito in Valladolid and at Montserrat. It is at Montserrat that Ignatius of Loyola learned the type of methodical reading, exercises and meditation that led to the creation of his Spiritual Exercises
. There are also lesser-known writers who wrote commentaries on the works of St. John of the Cross and others who followed the Ignatian method of prayer and meditation.