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Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 1994 - Literary Collections - 196 pages
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Drawing on rich new scholarship, this translation restores Sor Juana's own emphasis and diction. Known as the First Feminist of America, the Mexican nun Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648/51 - 1695) was a brilliant and popular poet, playwright, and essayist whose feminist theory stands as a link between that of Christine de Pizan and Mary Wollstonecraft in the struggle to establish the intellectual rights of women. Sor Juana's persistent defense of these rights brought her increasingly into conflict with church officials who wanted to silence her. The Answer (1691) is Sor Juana's culminating response to years of attacks. The introduction, bibliography, chronology, and complete Spanish texts of The Answer and nine poems make this volume the indispensable Sor Juana reader. "One of the landmarks of Renaissance literature and an important document in the history of intellectual freedom.... Essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand not only this remarkable woman but also the whole world in which she forged her identity."-Stephen Greenblatt, UCLA Berkeley * A 1995 PEN Center West Literary Translation Award Finalist * * Alternate of the Quality Paperback Book Club * Suggested for course use in: Feminist Theory Latin American Studies Religious History Women's history

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I have never felt more in awe or impressed. Sor Juana has me feeling proud to be a Xicana and motivated to write!!! Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Electa Arenal is professor emerita, PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages and Women's Studies Certificate Program, City University of New York. She is coeditor of "The Answer/La Respuesta", a translator of poetry and prose, and a specialist on Sor Juana InA(c)s de la Cruz.

Alison Weber is an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia. She is the author of "Teresa of Avila and the Rhetoric of Femininity,"
Amanda Powell is a senior instructor of Spanish at the University of Oregon. She is the translator of "Untold Sisters: Hispanic Nuns in Their Own Words" and coauthor of "A Wild Country Out in the Garden: The Spiritual Journals of a Colonial Mexican Nun,

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