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Sor Juana by Octavio Paz
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Sor Juana (edition 1994)

by Octavio Paz, Elisabeth Helms, Manni Kössler

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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.… (more)
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Title:Sor Juana
Authors:Octavio Paz
Other authors:Elisabeth Helms, Manni Kössler
Info:Stockholm : Bromberg, 1994 ;
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Sor Juana: Or, the Traps of Faith by Octavio Paz

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    Hunger's Brides: A Novel of the Baroque by Paul Anderson (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Fictional retelling of Sor Juana's life; Octavia Paz's work was a significant resource.
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Mentioned in The Princessa: Machiavelli for Women by Harriet Rubin.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
A well constructed biography with a can't-put-it-down quality about the life of a remarkable Mexican who lived as a lady in waiting the a Spanish official's wife, then became a nun. She accumulated a library of 4,000 volumes (I suspect whe would have like to have Librarything to keep up with them) who wrote poetry, drama, Christmas carols and died at an early age of an infectious disease while nursing fellow sisters. There are only snipets of her work in the book itself. ( )
  carterchristian1 | Jul 2, 2011 |
A careful and loving portrait of Sor Juana. Beautifully written; particularly interesting in its description of life in the New Spain and Sor Juana's conflict with the religious establishment. The book's only major fault is that it tends to choose myth building over practical explanations, as in the case of Sor Juana's sexuality. ( )
  jorgearanda | Mar 11, 2009 |
Eine Zeitgenossin von Athanasius Kircher, Barock at it's best ( )
  moricsala | Apr 14, 2008 |
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