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Feminist Perspectives on Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Edited by Stephanie Merrim

Early Modern History and Literature, Latin American Studies, Literary Criticism and Theory, Women's Studies

Paperback
Published: September 1999
ISBN: 9780814322161
Pages: 192 Size: 6x9
Review

Stephanie Merrim's Feminist Perspectives on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz is a carefully organized text that brings together fundamental scholarship on Sor Juana.”

— Latin American Research Review

Called the "Quintessence of the Baroque" and "Bridge to the Enlightenment," Mexican writer and nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz has also been celebrated as the "First Feminist of the New World." Feminist Perspectives on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz fills a gap in the scholarship on Sor Juana by exploring the implications of her feminist staus in literary and cultural terms.

Editor Stephanie Merrim's introduction surveys key issues in Sor Juana criticism from a feminist literary perspective and suggests a blueprint for future studies. Essays by Dorothy Schons and Asunción Lavrin reconstitute essential dimensions or Sor Juana's world, addressing biographical questions about the norms and values of religious life. Moving from social norms to their verbal expression, Josefina Ludmer reads Sor Juana's Respuesta for its stratagems of resistance, and Stehanie Merrim uncovers in Sor Juana's theater the encoded drama of the conflicted creative woman.

Stephanie Merrim is a professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature and chair of the Hispanic Studies Department at Brown University. She is also the author of Logos and the Word (Peter Lang Press, 1983).

Contributors Include:
Electa Arenal, Ester Gimbernat De Gonzaléz, Asunción Lavir, Josefina Ludmer, Stephanie Merrim, Georgina Sabat-Rivers, Dorothy Schons, Victoria Pehl Smith

Stephanie Merrim's Feminist Perspectives on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz is a carefully organized text that brings together fundamental scholarship on Sor Juana.

– Latin American Research Review