Poems protest and a dream

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Poems, Protest, and a Dream: Selected Writings by Juana Ines de la Cruz

A bilingual edition of writings by Latin Americas finest baroque poet

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648-1695) wrote her most famous prose work, La Respuesta a Sor Filotea, in 1691 in response to her bishops injunction against her intellectual pursuits. A passionate and subversive defense of the rights of women to study, to teach, and to write, it predates by almost a century and a half serious writings on any continent about the position and education of women.

Also included in this wide-ranging selection is a new translation of Sor Juanas masterpiece, the epistemological poem Primero Sueno, as well as revealing autobiographical sonnets, reverential religious poetry, secular love poems (which have excited speculation through three centuries), playful verses, and lyrical tributes to New World culture that are among the earliest writings celebrating the people and the customs of this hemisphere. 

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Poems, Protest, and a Dream: Selected Writings

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Of the various perspectives within the confines of post-Reformation Church history, perhaps none is more interesting than the writings of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. In her most important extant treatise, Response to the Most Illustrious Poetess , Sor Juana at this time Sor Filotea offers a response to those suggesting she recant her intellectual and poetic musings, despite having seriously considered a response of silent acceptance 5. In this treatise it becomes clear that for Sor Juana, the relationship of reason to faith is of the utmost concern Her love of learning has driven her to a defense of the learning of women, even if such conviction would drive her to suffering In the meantime, she argues, Catholics must form a theology that is informed by reasonable enterprises such as logic, physics, rhetoric, arithmetic, history, law, music, and a number of other disciplines and studies

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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. Then she started her own personal library that ended up bigger than the university at that time, which is why she's now the symbolic muse of my own library. And she's on the front of the Mexican peso note too. She was a plucky and spirited lady that genuinely had some insight into dreams as well but the baroque poetry in this book translated from Spanish isn't really my thing. This is the nun who does it all, and this is the collection that demonstrates it. It's an impressive essay, part autobiography and part defense, that is all the more notable when one considers how it was written well before Virginia Woolf ever started hanging out in a room of her own.

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The 17th-century Mexican nun, whose real name was Juana de Asbaje, is an extraordinary figure - an intellectual prodigy, the last great poet of the Spanish Baroque, a scholar, a religious mystic, and a woman who obeyed her bishop in matters of conscience even when it adversely affected her writing. Sor Juana also had strong views on the relationship between the sexes, and expressed them sharply in her writings, including one much-anthologised poem which looks forward to modern feminism. The long prose piece which opens this collection is a kind of apologia pro vita sua; the rest of the volume is made up of her poems. Spanish and English are given on facing pages, as they should be. We use cookies to personalise content, target and report on ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. For more information see our Cookie Policy.

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