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Title Sor Juana, or, The traps of faith / Octavio Paz ; translated by Margaret Sayers Peden.
Author Paz, Octavio, 1914-1998.
Publication Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press, 1988.
Description x, 547 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Note Translation of: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, o, Las trampas de la fe.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 515-538) and index.
Summary 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 the most striking figure in all of Spanish-American colonial literature and one of the great poets of her age. 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.--From publisher description.
Contents Prologue : History, life, work -- pt. 1. The Kingdom of New Spain -- A Unique society -- The Dais and the pulpit -- Syncretism and empire -- A Transplanted literature -- pt. 2. Juana Ramírez, 1648-1668 -- The Ramírez family -- May syllables be composed by the stars -- The Trials of Juana Inés -- Taking the vows -- pt. 3. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, 1669-1679 -- Life in the convent -- Political rites -- The World as hieroglyph -- Sister Juana and the goddess Isis -- pt. 4. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, 1680-1690 -- Flattery and favors -- Council of stars -- Religious fires -- The Reflection, the echo -- Realm of signs -- Different from herself -- pt. 5. 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 -- pt. 6. The Traps of faith -- An Ill-fated letter -- The Response -- And the responses -- The Siege -- The Abjuration -- Epilogue : Toward a restitution -- Appendix : Sor Juana : witness for the prosecution -- Notes on sources -- Spanish literary terms -- Notes -- Index.
Subject Juana Inés de la Cruz, Sister, 1651-1695.
Juana Inés de la Cruz, Sister, 1651-1695. (OCoLC)fst00050609
Authors, Mexican -- 17th century -- Biography.
Nuns -- Mexico -- Biography.
Authors, Mexican. (OCoLC)fst00822228
Nuns. (OCoLC)fst01041386
Mexico. (OCoLC)fst01211700
Genre Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Addl. Title Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. English
Sor Juana.
Traps of faith.
Related To Online version: Paz, Octavio, 1914-1998. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. English. Sor Juana, or, The traps of faith. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press, 1988 (OCoLC)580706606
ISBN 067482105X (alk. paper)
9780674821057 (alk. paper)
0674821068 (pbk.)
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