Electa Arenal, Latinamericanist, emeritus professor of Hispanic literatures and translator, is one of the pioneers of women's studies and a leading Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz scholar. She will speak on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexico's first major poet and playwright.
Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz was early recognized as a prodigy and spent time at the viceroy's court before deciding on the life of a nun. Criticized for her activities -- which included continually writing poems and plays -- and for neglecting her religious duties, she wrote a celebrated subversive and even humorous defense of intellectual freedom for women as well as men, her Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz (1691).
Event begins at 7:00PM
Presented by: Mount Pleasant Library, District of Columbia Public Library
Featured Artist(s): Electa Arenal