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Sor Juana: Or, the Traps of Faith (Or, the Traps of Fiath) [Paperback]

Octavio Paz , Margaret Sayers Peden
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

An illegitimate child, a Catholic nun, an outspoken defender of women's rights, a vivacious beauty who forsook the splendor of Mexico City's viceregal palace for a conventBaroque poet Juana Ramirez (1648-1694), also known as Sor (Sister) Juana Ines de la Cruz, was a bundle of passionate contradictions. Transforming her convent cell into a literary salon, she wrote essays, romances, love poems (some to a countess), ballads, religious and secular plays, epigrams. Her symbolic ode First Dream , about the pilgrimage of her soul while her body lay asleep, was two centuries ahead of its time. In this richly textured study, eminent Mexican poet-critic Paz finds Sor Juana's personality to be an amalgam of narcissism, insecurity, courage and masculinization. This brilliant intellectual biography should help broaden her reputation as a universal poet and proto-feminist. As a companion volume Harvard is simultaneously publishing A Sor Juana Anthology that includes poems, play excerpts and a plea for women's intellectual freedom.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

"The Mexican poet and essayist reevaluates and vindicates the life, times, and works of his 17th-century compatriot" ( LJ 9/1/88).
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

Sor Juana displays an extraordinary sweep of imagination and intelligence, and it is many things: a biography, a critical study, a re-creation of an era, a meditation on Mexican history, a dialogue of poet with poet, a reflection on the role of the intellectual in the modern world. (Michael Wood New York Review of Books)

I believe Paz's book to be the culmination of his magnificent effort to bring history and poetry together. His Sor Juana is an intellectual landmark--a superb interpretation of the life and work of the first great Latin American poet, and the richest portrait we have of the intellectual life of the viceroyalty of New Spain. Octavio Paz has wrought speech from silence; he has made a mute century speak at last. (Carlos Fuentes)

An admiring and sympathetic portrait, but an honest and demythologizing one, too...The Sor Juana Mr. Paz renders is irreducible to labels--saint, iconoclast, virago, feminist, neurotic. Her life, like the Viceregal culture that formed her and was formed by her, was brilliant, flawed and complex. She argued passionately for sexual equality and intellectual freedom, yet championed the same orthodoxies with which she struggled. (Frederick Luciani New York Times Book Review)

A sweeping and volcanic panorama. (Richard Eder Los Angeles Times Book Review)

Review

I believe Paz's book to be the culmination of his magnificent effort to bring history and poetry together. His Sor Juana is an intellectual landmark--a superb interpretation of the life and work of the first great Latin American poet, and the richest portrait we have of the intellectual life of the viceroyalty of New Spain. Octavio Paz has wrought speech from silence; he has made a mute century speak at last.
--Carlos Fuentes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Octavio Paz is the author of more than forty columes of poetry and prose.
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