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The Answer/La Respuesta
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface to the Second Edition: What Does Sor Juana Mean?
  2. pp. vii-xvi
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  1. Preface to the First Edition
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xxiii
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xxiv-xxvii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-37
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  1. Respuesta de la poetisa a la muy ilustre: / The Poet’s Answer to the Most Illustrious
  2. pp. 38-105
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  1. Annotations to La Respuesta / The Answer
  2. pp. 106-143
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  1. Selected Poems
  2. pp. 144-153
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  1. Romance: Prólogo al lector / Ballad: Prologue to the Reader of these Poems
  2. pp. 154-157
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  1. Sonetos / Sonnets
  2. pp. 158-163
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  1. Sátira filosófica / Philosophical Satire
  2. pp. 164-167
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  1. Villancicos: Asunción, 1676 / Carols: For the Feast of the Assumption, 1676
  2. pp. 168-177
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  1. Villancicos: a Santa Catarina de Alejandría, 1691 / Carols for the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 1691
  2. pp. 178-189
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  1. Romance epistolar / Epistolary Ballad
  2. pp. 190-201
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  1. Romance decasílabo / Ballad in Variant Meter
  2. pp. 202-205
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  1. Selected Bibliographies
  2. pp. 207-221
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  1. Appendix: Carta de Sor Filotea de la Cruz / Letter from Sor Filotea de la Cruz
  2. pp. 222-231
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 232-240
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  1. The Feminist Press
  2. p. 242
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