Obras Escogidas

ISBN-10: 0140447032

ISBN-13: 9780140447033

Edition: 2005

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This bilingual collection contains revealing autobiographical sonnets, secular love poems, playful verses, reverential religious poetry and lyrical tributes to New World culture, as well as a translation of Sor Juana's masterpiece, Primero Sueno.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704

Born Juana de Asbaje in a small town, this Mexican author became a nun in 1669, probably because her illegitimate birth removed her from consideration for marriage to someone worthy of her. A misfit in a restrictive colonial society that mistrusted such intense intellectual curiosity in a woman, Asbaje was the finest lyric poet and one of the most interesting dramatists of the Spanish American colonial period. Despite the opposition of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, she carried out scientific experiments and became the confidante of nobility and a correspondent of intellectuals throughout Spanish America. A Woman of Genius (Respuesta a Sor Filotea) is an extraordinary document of the intellectual history of a woman who would not be defeated by her circumstances. Ultimately, she sold her books and devoted herself to caring for the sick and poor; she died of an illness contracted while nursing during an outbreak of the plague.

Ilan Stavans is the author of "The Hispanic Condition", "The Riddle of Cantinflas", & "The One-Handed Pianist & Other Stories" as well as the editor of "The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories" & a dictionary of Spanglish, among other volumes. He has been a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee & the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship & the Latino Literature Prize, among other honors. He teaches at Amherst College.

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.

Translator's Note
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Response to the Most Illustrious Poetess Sor Filotea De La Cruz
First I Dream
Prologue to the Reader
In Reply to a Gentleman from Peru
While by Grace I Am Inspired
A Philosophical Satire
Satiric Reproach
Which Reveals
A Much-Needed Eyewash
A Bit of Moral Advice
Demonstration to a Sergeant
She Assures That She Will Hold a Secret
Accompanying a Ring
A Modest Gift
She Describes in Detail
She Attempts to Minimize the Praise
She Laments Her Fortune
Better Death
Spiritedly, She Considers the Choice
She Distrusts, as Disguised Cruelty
One of Five Burlesque Sonnets
She Answers Suspicions
Which Recounts How Fantasy Contents Itself
She Resolves the Question
Fragment from "Santa Catarina"
Theater, Sacred and Profane
Loa for El Divino Narciso
Fragment from Los Empenos de Una Casa
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