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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2006

SPN 378H • Honors Seminar

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47815 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
mez 2.124
: Nicolopulos

Course Description

In this course we will explore the written works (poetry, theater, and letters) produced by the celebrated seventeenth-century Mexican nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Two of the major themes we will focus upon are, on the one hand, the construction of a gendered, female voice in Sor Juana's works despite the confines of a rigidly controlled patriarchal society and cultural tradition, and on the other, the elaboration of a creole, New World consciousness or identity in New Spain during her lifetime. Of particular interest in this regard will be the reading of Sor Juanas works in the context of the overall set of cultural phenomena associated with the Mexican Baroque. In addition to Sor Juanas own writings, we will examine some of the most influential currents of recent Sor Juana studies, including analyses by scholars such as Octavio Paz, Georgina Sabat-Rivers, Emilie Bergmann, José Pascual-Buxñ, Margo Glantz, Elëas Trabulse, Betty Sasaki, Yolanda Martënez-San Miguel, Stephanie Merrim, Sara Poot Herrera, and Electa Arenal, among others. In addition to literary criticism, per se, we will also approach the subject through the work of historians.

Grading Policy

Detailed outline of term paper & bibliography (approx. 5 pp.) 10% Preliminary draft of term paper (10 pp.) 20% Final draft of term paper (15 pp.) 30% Mid-term exam 15% Final exam 15% Class participation 10%


Cruz, Sor Juana Inés de la. The Answer/La Respuesta. Ed. and Trans. Electa Arenal and Amanda Powell. New York: Feminist Press, 1994. ---. Obras completas. Intro. Francisco Monterde. México: Porrßa, 1969. Paz, Octavio. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz o las trampas de la fe. 3a ed. México: Fondo de Cultura Econïmica, 1994. Pérez Amador Adam, Alberto. El precipicio de Faetïn. Madrid: Iberoamericana, 1996. Photocopied Course Reader, hereafter referred to as El Cuaderno; can be purchased at Abel's Copies, University Towers, 715-D W. 23rd St, 472-5353. Recommended: MLA Handbook for Writing Research Papers. New York: MLA, latest ed. Or consult:


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