Date

5-13-2020

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This presentation looks at how Sorjuanistas reimagine the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (c. 1648-1695), a Mexican nun, poet, playwright, and scholar from the colonial era. Over the last couple of years, Sor Juana has become an icon for various global, social, and political movements. To trace the rise of these popular culture reimaginations I explore the origins of Sorjuanismo. I begin by sharing the life and scholarship of la primera Sorjuanista, Dorothy Schons (1898-1961). I then consider how four modern-day Sorjuanistas honor, consciously or subconsciously, Schons’s legacy by creating dramatic works about Sor Juana. I ultimately argue that understanding a contemporary reimagination of Sor Juana requires that scholars consider how the devotion towards this literary figure began and how such commitment has evolved during 21st century. I expand on what Sorjuanismo is by weaving in theoretical frameworks in performance/theatre studies, gender and sexuality studies, heritage studies, and Chican@/Latin@ studies to shed light on new ways to approach a study on Sor Juana.

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May 13th, 12:00 AM

The History of Sorjuanismo: Tracing the Commitment of Mexico's Tenth Muse

This presentation looks at how Sorjuanistas reimagine the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (c. 1648-1695), a Mexican nun, poet, playwright, and scholar from the colonial era. Over the last couple of years, Sor Juana has become an icon for various global, social, and political movements. To trace the rise of these popular culture reimaginations I explore the origins of Sorjuanismo. I begin by sharing the life and scholarship of la primera Sorjuanista, Dorothy Schons (1898-1961). I then consider how four modern-day Sorjuanistas honor, consciously or subconsciously, Schons’s legacy by creating dramatic works about Sor Juana. I ultimately argue that understanding a contemporary reimagination of Sor Juana requires that scholars consider how the devotion towards this literary figure began and how such commitment has evolved during 21st century. I expand on what Sorjuanismo is by weaving in theoretical frameworks in performance/theatre studies, gender and sexuality studies, heritage studies, and Chican@/Latin@ studies to shed light on new ways to approach a study on Sor Juana.