The Answer / La Respuesta (Expanded Edition): Including Sor Filotea's Letter and New Selected Poems
After Sor Juana (1648-95) was overheard privately refuting certain arguments made by a Portuguese Jesuit concerning God's greatest gift to humanity, the Bishop of Puebla asked for a written copy of the refutation, published it without the nun's knowledge, and added to it a pseudonymous reprimand. It was this disingenuous reminder not to meddle in the affairs of men that prompted Sor Juana to write The Answer. Sor Juana, known as the first feminist of the Americas, and whose visage graces Mexico's 1000 peso note, was a brilliant and popular poet, playwright, and essayist whose feminist theory stands as a link between that of Christine de Pizan and Mary Wollstonecraft in the struggle to establish the intellectual rights of women. Sor Juana's persistent defense of these rights brought her increasingly into conflict with church officials who wanted to silence her. This translation brings out Sor Juana's keen awareness of gender, as well as the original emphasis and diction.
Published May 2009
The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2009