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There aren t many obscure classics like this one that I willingly give 4 stars to, but there were SO many times when I was pumping my fist and going YEAH and GO SOR JUANA and OOOOOOH SHE WENT THERE that I can t help myself As someone who somewhat uncomfortably rejects the feminist label yet still remains a firm, immovable supporter of gender equality, I have a hard time withmodern iterations of feminist writings It s impossible not to root for a 17th century nun poetess, though, because, as evidenced by her Respuesta spelling and much of her poetry, women then had a hard time A really fricking hard time And yet Sor Juana is outspoken, intelligent, fervent, humble I mean, humble for the 17th century , pointed, witty all the good stuff It s obviously stuff that can and did get her into a lot of trouble, but she SAID it, and she was GOOD at saying it At least she was from the perspective of someone who can only just read translations of her work.I want to say Sor Juana In s was born in the wrong century but she was born in exactly the right one, even if she maybe didn t make enough of a splash to carry her to fame in the 21st century I m really interested in getting my hands ofof her work. My favorite part of this selected writing book of Sor Juana was not her poems and her dream but rather her protest at the very beginning Her letter to Sor Filotea is what struck me the most, what made the biggest statement To me, it wasn t her poems though I enjoyed most of them but the disguised protest in itself A widely intelligent and humble woman that has made a statement about woman s right to educate and be educated. The impeded stream sings Wendell BerryI know people who think that biography shouldn t matter when reading an individual piece of work I think these people must never have encountered Sor Juana s writing I m not saying that our society is untroubled by racism and sexism these days It certainly is But for a great talent such as Sor Juana to meet such oppressive circumstances and navigate them with such humor, skill, and political nuance is unprecedented, and will probably never be duplicated Her canon is a masterpiece of subversion, with an exceptional mind and lively personality insinuating themselves with extreme restraint as she navigated the patriarchal, hierarchical world into which she was born to make her Latin America s first great writer Her Response to the Most Illustrious Poetess Sor Filotea de la Cruz is the most striking example But to me her poem First I Dream was the highlight of this collection It s a piece of surrealism before such a thing existed It s prophetic, multifaceted, and difficult.Some of the other pieces in this collection are minor, and her drama about the religious conquest of America seems to argue for military force as an instrument of conversion But even there, she lodges several historically novel complaints as well, and although it seems to serve the mentality of the age, it also contains a weird syncretism and subtle environmental complaints.To say her greatness is unimpeded by her world would be a confusion It s perhaps better to say that every impediment she faced gave her work an opportunity to sparkle, shimmer, and turn in remarkable ways. Sor Juana proved to be one of the most outspoken feminists of her century That she emboldened herself to speak out from the walls of a convent, challenging even the misinterpretations of the scriptures her comments on the Apostle Paul s words are priceless, as these have been taken out of context for centuries to silence women in the Church , makes her a woman to uphold as an example Her poetry is amazing, and her response letter the first full chapter of the book is inspiring, at the very least This isn t a fast read, and it requires time to mull over and reflect upon the meaning behind the words I can t recommend it for everyone, but if you re a woman who doubts her value in society, or if you ve any streak of feminism in your bones, this book is for you. This was a book from my political theory class that I hadn t bothered to finish until now I really liked her poems, and her opening letter wasfun to read with the historical context behind it, but some of her writings were kinda rough the play I m vagueing about the play Either way, it was fine, and I got something out of it. Don t bother Although Ines appears to have been a wonderful, intelligent, saintly woman, she comes off through the introduction and editing as only an early, ardent feminist I cannot believe someone so renowned could produce such mediocre prose and poetry Her reputation cannot be by accident yet the selection herein contained speaks otherwise. Catholic Baroque isn t really my aesthetic, but colonial era Mexican nun Juana In s de la Cruz d 1695 telling off her bishop, at length, for his criticism of her doing intellectual stuff while female fun. &Read Book ✒ Poems, Protest, and a Dream: Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) ☊ A Bilingual Edition Of Writings By Latin America S Finest Baroque PoetSor Juana Ines De La Cruz Wrote Her Most Famous Prose Work, La Respuesta A Sor Filotea, InIn Response To Her Bishop S Injunction Against Her Intellectual Pursuits A Passionate And Subversive Defense Of The Rights Of Women To Study, To Teach, And To Write, It Predates By Almost A Century And A Half Serious Writings On Any Continent About The Position And Education Of Women Also Included In This Wide Ranging Selection Is A New Translation Of Sor Juana S Masterpiece, The Epistemological Poem Primero Sueno, As Well As Revealing Autobiographical Sonnets, Reverential Religious Poetry, Secular Love Poems Which Have Excited Speculation Through Three Centuries , Playful Verses, And Lyrical Tributes To New World Culture That Are Among The Earliest Writings Celebrating The People And The Customs Of This Hemisphere For Than Seventy Years, Penguin Has Been The Leading Publisher Of Classic Literature In The English Speaking World With Than , Titles, Penguin Classics Represents A Global Bookshelf Of The Best Works Throughout History And Across Genres And Disciplines Readers Trust The Series To Provide Authoritative Texts Enhanced By Introductions And Notes By Distinguished Scholars And Contemporary Authors, As Well As Up To Date Translations By Award Winning Translators Peden s translation really does it for me I love how she preserves end rhymes and formal integrity This is now my go to for the poems of Sor Juana In s de la Cruz I deeply enjoyed this volume. This collection of Sor Juana s writings is masterful, and upon reading it, one emerges incredibly impressed by the forceful intelligence of this 17th century nun, and the rebuke against her age that should be, but is not, a well known classic of feminist literature Her letter, La Respuesta a Sor Filotea, is a masterful, sarcastic, learned defense against the authority of her time in defense of the education of women It should be a part of the standard curriculum, as should be her poem, Primero Sueno, probably the finest poem written in the western hemisphere until the age of Whitman What makes her great was her truly devout nature and precise mind Her arguments are laid out as finely and as well read as the finest of legal arguments, but with an emotional wit approaching Shakespeare, and referenced in her arguments by the writings of scripture and the saints The poems are highly symbolic, but in a way that survives the translation This is a must read, and I am embarrassed to say that I only found it because of the Penguin Classics series That it is notwidely known to American readers is a shame.