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Sor Juana Or, the Traps of Faith

ISBN-10: 0674821068
ISBN-13: 9780674821064
Edition: 1988
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Description: Mexico's leading poet, essayist, and cultural critic writes of a Mexican poet of another time and another world, the world of seventeenth-century New Spain. His subject is Sor Juana Ineacute;s de la Cruz, the most striking figure in all of  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.50
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/2/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Mexico's leading poet, essayist, and cultural critic writes of a Mexican poet of another time and another world, the world of seventeenth-century New Spain. His subject is Sor Juana Ineacute;s de la Cruz, the most striking figure in all of Spanish-American colonial literature and one of the great poets of her age. Her life reads like a novel. A spirited and precocious girl, one of six illegitimate children, is sent to live with relatives in the capital city. She becomes known for her beauty, wit, and amazing erudition, and is taken into the court as the Vicereine's proteacute;geacute;e. For five years she enjoys the pleasures of life at court--then abruptly, at twenty, enters a convent for life. Yet, no recluse, she transforms the convent locutory into a literary and intellectual salon; she amasses an impressive library and collects scientific instruments, reads insatiably, composes poems, and corresponds with literati in Spain. To the consternation of the prelates of the Church, she persists in circulating her poems, redolent more of the court than the cloister. Her plays are performed, volumes of her poetry are published abroad, and her genius begins to be recognized throughout the Hispanic world. Suddenly she surrenders her books, forswears all literary pursuits, and signs in blood a renunciation of secular learning. The rest is silence. She dies two years later, at forty-six. Octavio Paz has long been intrigued by the enigmas of Sor Juana's personality and career. Why did she become a nun? How could she renounce her lifelong passion for writing and learning? Such questions can be answered only in the context of the world in which she lived. Paz gives a masterly portrayal of the life and culture of New Spain and the political and ideological forces at work in that autocratic, theocratic, male-dominated society, in which the subjugation of women was absolute. Just as Paz illuminates Sor Juana's life by placing it in its historical setting, so he situates her work in relation to the traditions that nurtured it. With critical authority he singles out the qualities that distinguish her work and mark her uniqueness as a poet. To Paz her writings, like her life, epitomize the struggle of the individual, and in particular the individual woman, for creative fulfillment and self-expression.

Author and lecturer Stuart Wilde was one of the real characters of the self-help, human potential movement. His style is humorous, controversial, poignant, and transformational. He wrote 20 books, including those that make up the very successful Taos Quintet, which are considered classics in their genre. They are: Affirmations, The Force, Miracles, The Quickening and The Trick to Money is Having Some. Stuart's books have been translated into 15 languages. www.stuartwilde.comAuthor and lecturer Stuart Wilde was one of the real characters of the self-help, human potential movement. His style is humorous, controversial, poignant, and transformational. He wrote 20 books, including those that make up the very successful Taos Quintet, which are considered classics in their genre. They are: Affirmations, The Force, Miracles, The Quickening and The Trick to Money is Having Some. Stuart's books have been translated into 15 languages. www.stuartwilde.comAuthor and lecturer Stuart Wilde was one of the real characters of the self-help, human potential movement. His style is humorous, controversial, poignant, and transformational. He wrote 20 books, including those that make up the very successful Taos Quintet, which are considered classics in their genre. They are: Affirmations, The Force, Miracles, The Quickening and The Trick to Money is Having Some. Stuart's books have been translated into 15 languages. www.stuartwilde.comAuthor and lecturer Stuart Wilde was one of the real characters of the self-help, human potential movement. His style is humorous, controversial, poignant, and transformational. He wrote 20 books, including those that make up the very successful Taos Quintet, which are considered classics in their genre. They are: Affirmations, The Force, Miracles, The Quickening and The Trick to Money is Having Some. Stuart's books have been translated into 15 languages. www.stuartwilde.comAuthor and lecturer Stuart Wilde was one of the real characters of the self-help, human potential movement. His style is humorous, controversial, poignant, and transformational. He wrote 20 books, including those that make up the very successful Taos Quintet, which are considered classics in their genre. They are: Affirmations, The Force, Miracles, The Quickening and The Trick to Money is Having Some. Stuart's books have been translated into 15 languages. www.stuartwilde.comAuthor and lecturer Stuart Wilde was one of the real characters of the self-help, human potential movement. His style is humorous, controversial, poignant, and transformational. He wrote 20 books, including those that make up the very successful Taos Quintet, which are considered classics in their genre. They are: Affirmations, The Force, Miracles, The Quickening and The Trick to Money is Having Some. Stuart's books have been translated into 15 languages. www.stuartwilde.com

Margaret Sayers Peden is an American translator and Professor, she is a Missouri native who was born in 1920. One of the leading translators of her time, Peden has translated more than 40 books and has won numerous prizes and grants. In 2007, she collected a variety of Mexican literature to combine and edit the book Mexican Writers on Writing.

Prologue: History, Life, Work
The Kingdom of New Spain
A Unique Society
The Dais and the Pulpit
Syncretism and Empire
A Transplanted Literature
Juana Ramirez, 1648-11668
The Ramirez Family
May Syllables Be Composed by the Stars
The Trials of Juana Ines
Taking the Vows
Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz, 1669-1679
Life in the Convent
Political Rites
The World as Hieroglyph
Sister Juana and the Goddess Isis
Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz, 1680-1690
Flattery and Favors
Council of Stars
Religious Fires
The Reflection, the Echo
Realm of Signs
Different from Herself
The Tenth Muse
Hear Me with Your Eyes
Ink on Wings of Paper
Music Box
The Stage and the Court
The Float and the Sacrament
First Dream
The Traps of Faith
An Ill-Fated Letter
The Response
And the Responses
The Siege 29 The Abjuration Epilogue Toward a Restitution
Appendix Sor Juana: Witness for the Prosecution
Notes on Sources Spanish Literary Terms
Notes
Index

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