Sometimes referred to as the "Tenth Muse of New Spain," Sor Juana, a 17th-century nun, was a literary virtuoso---penning romances, satires, epigrams, religious and secular sonnets, dramas, and a startlingly modern defense of education for women. A beautifully translated bilingual volume. 304 pages, softcover. Penguin.
A bilingual edition of writings by Latin America's 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 bishop's 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 Juana's 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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Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the author or editor of numerous books.