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Seminar on Feminism & Culture in Latin America

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780520065536

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520065536.001.0001

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

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

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(p.151) Nine Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz: Dreaming in a Double Voice
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Women, Culture, and Politics in Latin America
Author(s):

Emilie Bergmann

Greenberg Janet

Gwen Kirkpatrick

Francine Masiello

Francesca Miller

Morello-Frosch Marta

Kathleen Newman

Mary Louise Pratt

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520065536.003.0009

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

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