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Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz: Dreaming in a Double Voice

Emilie Bergmann, Greenberg Janet, Gwen Kirkpatrick, Francine Masiello, Francesca Miller, Morello-Frosch Marta, Kathleen Newman and Mary Louise Pratt

in Women, Culture, and Politics in Latin America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1992 | ISBN: 9780520065536
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520909076 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520065536.003.0009
Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz: Dreaming in a Double Voice

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Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz has been triply canonized as an origin for Latin American literature, as the epitome of Baroque literature in Spanish, and as the first feminist writing in the New World. She continues to appear as the larger-than-life protagonist in the drama of readers' and critics' responses to her secular and religious writing. The remarkable feature about Sor Juana's writing is her clear awareness of her decisions to depart from the norm, and her unflinching confrontation with the consequences of those decisions. Her self-depiction and justification in the Respuesta a Sor Filotea is daring and dangerous. Her poetic portraits and self-portraits confront and are shaped by the limits of female identity. In addition, her poetry defies the traditional objectification of women by constituting herself as subject, and as subject and object of a dream that fuses a poetic voice with a philosophical vision.

Keywords: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; Latin American literature; feminist writing; Respuesta a Sor Filotea; poetic voice; philosophical vision; female identity

Chapter.  9554 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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