(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Bergmann, Emilie L. “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Dreaming in a Double Voice.” In Women, Culture, and Politics in Latin America/Seminar on Feminism and Culture in Latin America, edited by Emilie Bergmann et al. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990. Argues that Sor Juana’s imagination is gendered; discusses the love poems as well as the “Hombres necios” poem.

Bergmann, Emilie L., and Stacey Schlau, eds. Approaches to Teaching the Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2007. Contains a wide range of essays that analyze Sor Juana’s writing and place her work and life in historical and social context. Some of the essays discuss gender, power, and religion in Spanish colonial society, the lives of religious women of her period, her “baroque poetry,” and the relationship of her works to those of twenty-first century writers.

Daniel, Lee A. The Loa of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Fredericton, N.B.: York, 1994. Contains a general overview of the loa in Sor Juana’s work. Looks specifically at the echo effect and the distancing effect that the loa creates with respect to the main play.

Franco, Jean. Plotting Women: Gender and Representation in Mexico. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989. A suggestive reading of Sor Juana’s work, in which the author shows that the...

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