Through the Lens of Proto- Feminist Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: An Analysis of Six Modern Feminist Perspectives

Scout Frewer


The life and writings of the Mexican icon Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648- 1695) have inspired many modern-day feminist theorists to further their research and have initiated discursive practices that adhere to a critical feminist perspective. The ways in which modern feminist scholars have read Sor Juana have provided discourse as a means of understanding women, both in Sor Juana’s time and in the present day. Characteristics of a feminist perspective atypical of her time appear in Sor Juana’s works and have lead to readings of the nun as a proto-feminist figure due to their anticipatory nature of modern feminist perspectives. Sor Juana’s works have informed contemporary approaches to feminism within and beyond the literary discipline, therefore initiating a diverse discursive practice.


Proto-feminist; initiator of discursive practice; contemporary approaches; critical feminist perspectives


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