Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz's 17th-Century Proto-Latinx Feminism

Lecture | February 22 | 4-6 p.m. |  The Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Prof. Ivonne Del Valle, Associate Professor of Colonial Studies, U.C. Berkeley; Prof. Emilie Bergmann, Professor of Spanish,

 Latinx Research Center

In the 17th Century, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz defied colonial patriarchy by becoming a scholar and declaring: she is not to be found in the normal places assigned to a woman. Join us for two insightful discussions examining Sor Juana's life and scholarship. Join us in thinking with Sor Juana about the contradictions of patriarchy and how to undo it. ​

“Óyeme con los ojos: Listening to Primero sueño" by ​Prof. Emilie Bergmann
While silenced by the Catholic Church on her last years, Sor Juana invites us to hear the range of sounds and rhythm created in her major philosophical poem. The cosmic resonance of the Baroque and a dramatic, sometimes comical, interchange of voices has held readers’ imagination ever since.

"On Being Woke: Sor Juana dos veces despierta" by Prof. Ivonne Del Valle
In response to patriarchal ecclesiastic criticism of the impropriety of her pursuit of secular knowledge because she was a woman, Sor Juana created a minimalist autobiography that functions by negation, suggesting that she is not to be found in the normal places assigned to a woman. In this presentation, I’ll contrast the nun’s writing about herself in relation to knowledge with Descartes, in Discourse on the Method, to get to the way she manages to create a powerful self who is at the same time entirely innocent of the accusations against her.