Amanda Powell recently published a chapter in the new research guide Routledge Research Companion to the Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Amanda Powell (Senior Lecturer II, Spanish) recently published a chapter called “Passionate Advocate: Sor Juana, Feminisms, and Sapphic Loves,” in the new research guide, Routledge Research Companion to the Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (ed. by Emilie L. Bergmann and Stacey Schlau; 2017).
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648–1695) continually stirs both popular and scholarly imaginations. World-famous in her own time, in the modern period her writing has received consistent scholarly attention only since the 1970s. Her poetry, plays, and essays stand out in the political, religious, and intellectual context of colonial New Spain — what we know as Mexico. This volume examines areas of scholarship that illuminate her work, including her status as an iconic figure in Latin American and Baroque literature, present-day popular culture in Mexico and the United States, and feminism across time.
Amanda Powell’s chapter in this research guide examines how and why scholars regard her thinking as feminist, and what approaches past and present scholarship takes toward her passionate love poems addressed to women. The title of the chapter is: “Passionate Advocate: Sor Juana, Feminisms, and Sapphic Loves.”