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The Answer/ La Respuesta: Including Sor Filotea's Letter and New Selected Poems



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"[ The Answer ] is eloquent, sardonic, learned and, particularly in its autobiographical part, of great freshness."- The Times Literary Supplement"One of the landmarks of Renaissance literature and . . . in the history of intellectual freedom. . . . This is essential reading."-Stephen Greenblatt, best-selling author and professor"Recommended for informed readers."- Library JournalExpanded to include fresh translations, an updated bibliography, and the letter that provoked the writing of The Answer , this new edition of the bilingual, critical bestseller provides the most accurate translations of works by the iconic seventeenth-century Mexican nun Sor Juana Ineacute;s de la Cruz.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. vii
Preface to the First Editionp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Abbreviationsp. xxiii
Chronologyp. xxiv
Sor Juana's Life and Workp. 1
Juana Ramirez / Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648/51-1695): A Life Without and Withinp. 1
A Poet-Scholar: Sor Juana's Writingp. 15
La Respuesta / The Answer: A Readingp. 19
Sor Juana's Art and Argumentp. 19
The Issues at Stakep. 25
A Different Worldview, a Different Law: A Woman-Centered Visionp. 31
A Note on the Textsp. 37
Respuesta de la poetisa a la muy ilustrep. 38
The Poet's Answer to the Most Illustrious Sister Filotea de la Cruzp. 39
Annotations to La Respuesta / The Answerp. 106
Selected Poems
Introductionp. 144
Romance: Prologo al lector / Ballad: Prologue to the Reader of these Poemsp. 154
Sonetos / Sonnets
Este, que ves, engano coloridop. 158
This object which you seep. 159
Si los riesgos del mar considerarap. 158
With all the hazards of the sea in mindp. 159
Esta tarde, mi bien, cuando te hablabap. 160
This afternoon, my darling, when we spokep. 161
Detente, sombra de mi bien esquivop. 160
Don't leave me, shadow of elusive lovep. 161
<$$$>Que es esto, Alcino?p. 162
What's this, Alcino?p. 163
Mandas, Anarda, que sin llanto asistap. 162
Anarda, you command me to observep. 163
Satira filosofica / Philosophical Satire
Hombres necios que acusaisp. 164
You foolish and unreasoning menp. 165
Villancicos / Carols
For the Feast of the Assumption, 1676
Vengan a ver una apuestap. 168
They're betting, so hurry for all that you're worthp. 169
La soberana Doctorap. 172
She is a sovereign Doctorp. 173
Aquella Zagalap. 174
That shepherd lassp. 175
For the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 1691
De una mujer se convencenp. 178
The learned men of Egyptp. 179
Rosa es, cuyo casto velop. 182
She is a Rose, and when she floweredp. 183
Erase una Ninap. 186
Once upon a time this Girlp. 187
Romance epistolar / Epistolary Ballad
íValgate Apolo por hombre!p. 190
Apollo help you, as you're a man!p. 191
Romance decasilabo / Ballad in Variant Meter
Lamina sirva el Cielo al retratop. 202
Heavenly should be the canvas to bear the portraitp. 203
Selected Bibliographies
Bibliography to the Second Editionp. 207
Bibliography to the First Editionp. 213
Carta de Sor Filotea de la Cruzp. 222
Letter from Sor Filotea de la Cruzp. 223
Indexp. 232
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