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Sor Juana: Beauty and Justice in the America
     

Sor Juana: Beauty and Justice in the America

by Michelle A. Gonzalez
 

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Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a seventeenth-century Mexican nun, is one of the most compelling figures of her age. A prolific writer, a learned scholar, and the first woman theologian of the Americas, she was also a defender of the dignity and rights of women in the midst of a fiercely patriarchal culture. In this study, Michelle Gonzalez examines Sor Juana's

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Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a seventeenth-century Mexican nun, is one of the most compelling figures of her age. A prolific writer, a learned scholar, and the first woman theologian of the Americas, she was also a defender of the dignity and rights of women in the midst of a fiercely patriarchal culture. In this study, Michelle Gonzalez examines Sor Juana's contributions as a foremother of many currents of contemporary theology. In particular, in joining aesthetics with the quest for truth and justice, her work and witness suggest new avenues for Hispanic, feminist, and other liberation theologies.

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Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a 17th-century Mexican nun, was the first woman theologian in the Americas and perhaps even the foremother of the Latin American church. Comparing her with St. John of the Cross and Teresa de Avila, Gonzalez (theology, Loyola Marymount Univ.) sees Sor Juana as a guiding force behind contemporary Hispanic, feminist, black, and other liberation theologies. Influenced by Hermetic, Neoplatonic, and scholastic philosophies, Sor Juana achieved greatness as a literary figure, philosopher, and woman of science, not unlike Hildegard von Bingen. Gonzalez argues that all theology should reveal the intrinsic unity of beauty, goodness, and truth; she insists that the aesthetic is the most appropriate and vital form of theological expression. Sor Juana became known throughout Mexico for her poetry and drama, which she used as forms of theological reflection. Thus, her writings are a quest for truth and justice while revealing to today's reader her awareness of oppression because of gender. This fine, carefully written appreciation is a perfect companion to Pamela Kirk's Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: Religion, Art and Feminism, which also examines Sor Juana's theological contributions.-Gary P. Gillum, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781570754944
Publisher:
Orbis Books
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,258,550
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

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