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The Answer/La Respuesta

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Publication Year: 2011

A feminist classic, The Answer/La Respuesta is the letter by 17th century Mexican nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz to a priest who hoped to silence her and all women. Known as the first feminist of the Americas, Sor Juana was a brilliant scholar and poet and an outspoken defender of women's rights. Her works shows a keen awareness of gender. This volume also reveals the remarkable scholarship, subversiveness, and humor she used in defense of her cause.

Published by: The Feminist Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v-vi

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Preface to the Second Edition: What Does Sor Juana Mean?

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pp. vii-xvi

Today scholars and critics in the fields of literature, history, rhetoric, religious studies, women’s and gender studies, queer studies, Latin American studies, colonial/postcolonial discourse, and cultural criticism are researching...

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Preface to the First Edition

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pp. xvii-xx

Few documents of the seventeenth century embrace matters of learning, intellectual freedom, and power with such erudition and eloquence as does the Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz (1691) by Sor Juana Inés de la...

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pp. xxi-xxii

Contributions from several sources assisted this project, including a Scholar’s Incentive Award from the College of Staten Island/ City University of New York, travel grants from the Center for Feminist Research/University of Bergen...


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p. xxiii


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pp. xxiv-xxvii

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pp. 1-37

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, author of the Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz (as the Answer is titled in Spanish), is a major figure of Hispanic literature, but still little known to readers of other languages.1 Her poetry, plays, and prose move within...

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Respuesta de la poetisa a la muy ilustre: / The Poet’s Answer to the Most Illustrious

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pp. 38-105

No mi voluntad, mi poca salud y mi justo temor han suspendido tantos días mi respuesta. ¿Qué mucho si, al primer paso, encontraba para tropezar mi torpe pluma dos imposibles? El primero..

Annotations to La Respuesta / The Answer

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pp. 106-143

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Selected Poems

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pp. 144-153

In making this brief selection of poetry we were guided on the one hand by our interest in the Answer and, on the other, by our desire to offer at least a glimpse of the range of styles, themes, and tones in her...

Romance: Prólogo al lector / Ballad: Prologue to the Reader of these Poems

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pp. 154-157

Sonetos / Sonnets

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pp. 158-163

Sátira filosófica / Philosophical Satire

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pp. 164-167

Villancicos: Asunción, 1676 / Carols: For the Feast of the Assumption, 1676

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pp. 168-177

Villancicos: a Santa Catarina de Alejandría, 1691 / Carols for the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 1691

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pp. 178-189

Romance epistolar / Epistolary Ballad

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pp. 190-201

Romance decasílabo / Ballad in Variant Meter

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pp. 202-205

Selected Bibliographies

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pp. 207-221

Appendix: Carta de Sor Filotea de la Cruz / Letter from Sor Filotea de la Cruz

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pp. 222-231


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pp. 232-240

The Feminist Press

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p. 242

E-ISBN-13: 9781558616233
Print-ISBN-13: 9781558615984

Page Count: 270
Illustrations: 1 black and white photo
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: Second Critical Edition

OCLC Number: 835505276
MUSE Marc Record: Download for The Answer/La Respuesta

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Subject Headings

  • Women -- Mexico -- Social conditions -- 17th century.
  • Nuns -- Mexico -- Biography.
  • Authors, Mexican -- 17th century -- Biography.
  • Juana Inés de la Cruz, Sister, 1651-1695.
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