Juana Inés de La Cruz, Sor: Further Reading

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Crossen, John F. "Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz." In Catholic Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook, edited by Mary R. Reichardt, pp. 181-86. New York: Green-wood Press, 2001.

Focuses on works emphasizing Sor Juana's theology.


Paz, Octavio. Sor Juana or, The Traps of Faith, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 1988, 547 p.

Examines Sor Juana's life and works in their cultural context.


Arteaga, Alfred. "Tricks of Gender Xing." Stanford Humanities Review 3, no. 1 (winter 1993): 112-29.

Traces subversive elements in Sor Juana's writing style.

Feder, Elena. "Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz; or, The Snares of (Con) (tra) di (c) tion." In Amerindian Images and the Legacy of Columbus, edited by Rene Jara and Nicholas Spadaccini, pp. 473-529. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1992.

Offers a gender-historical focus on Sor Juana's major works.

Flynn, Gerard. Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1971, 123 p.

Surveys Sor Juana's major works, with a brief biography and a discussion of her philosophy; the first book-length treatment of Sor Juana in English.

Friedman, Edward H. "Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz's Los empeños de una casa: Sign as Woman." Romance Notes 31, no. 3 (spring 1991): 197–203.

Studies Sor Juana's secular play The Determinations of a Noble House as a revision of Spanish playwright Calederon's Los empeños de una casa.

Graves, Robert. "Juana de Asbaje." In The Crowning Privilege: The Clark Lectures 1954-1955, pp. 166-75. London: Cassell & Company, 1955.

Presents Sor Juana in the tradition of a "desperate sisterhood" fated by their intelligence and beauty to a life of loneliness.

Henriquez-Urena, Pedro. "The Flowering of the Colonial World: 1600-1800." In Literary Currents in Hispanic America, pp. 58-93. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1946.

Presents portions of Sor Juana's poems as examples of her personal expression through verse.

Johnson, Julie Greer. "A Comical Lesson in Creativity from Sor Juana." Hispania 71, no. 2 (May 1988): 442-44.

Traces the ways Sor Juana adapts and employs conventional images of women and womanhood in her satirical poetry.

Kirk, Pamela. Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: Religion, Art, and Feminism. New York: Continuum, 1998, 180 p.

Studies the intersection of religious belief and feminist beliefs in Sor Juana's work.

Luciani, Frederick. "Octavio Paz on Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: The Metaphor Incarnate." Latin American Literary Review 15, no. 30 (July-December 1987): 6-25.

Critiques Paz's biography of Sor Juana, faulting his tendency to mythologize.

Merriam, Stephanie, ed. Feminist Perspectives on Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1991.

Collects essays focusing on women's issues and feminist criticism as related to Sor Juana's life and writing.

Pallister, Janis L. "A Note on Sor Juana de la Cruz." Women and Literature 7, no. 2 (spring 1979): 42-46.

Promotes a critical rediscovery of Sor Juana's work.

Rabin, Lisa. "The Blasón of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: Politics and Petrarchism in Colonial Mexico." Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 72, no. 1 (January 1995): 28-39.

Discusses the literary and political implications of Sor Juana's use of the blazon in her poetry.

Scott, Nina M. "Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: 'Let Your Women Keep Silence in the Churches'." Women's Studies International Forum 8, no. 5 (1985): 511-19.

Reviews Response to Sor Filotea de la Cruz as a feminist treatise that reveals Sor Juana's passion for education and women's equality.

Thurman, Judith. "Sister Juana: The Price of Genius." Ms. 1, no. 10 (April 1973): 14-16, 20-21.

Emphasizes the sacrifices made by Sor Juana in order to pursue an intellectual life in the male-centered culture of seventeenth-century New Spain.

Ward, Marilynn I. "The Feminist Crisis of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz." International Journal of Women's Studies 1, no. 5 (September-October 1978): 478-81.

Discusses Sor Juana's life as a tragic instance of sexist repression.


Additional coverage of Sor Juana's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Feminist Writers; Hispanic Literature Criticism Supplement, Ed. 1; Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Vol. 5; Poetry Criticism, Vol. 24; Reference Guide to World Literature, Eds. 2, 3; and World Literature and Its Times, Vol. 1.

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