The autos sacramentales of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: Natural Philosophy and Sacramental Theology

ISBN : 9780198816829

Alice Brooke
208 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Mar 2018
Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs
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Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651-1695) was the most significant literary figure of the colonial period in Spanish America. In recent years, scholars have also uncovered her important role in the circulation of scientific ideas in the late-seventeenth-century Hispanic world. This book is the first study to seek to bring together these two fields, and to analyse the role of early scientific ideas in her literary works. In particular, it focusses on her three religious plays, written to be performed in Spain or Mexico City for the feast of Corpus Christi. By analysing the presence in them of empirical ideas, it demonstrates how Sor Juana sought to reconcile the changing currents of philosophical thought with orthodox Catholic theology.


Introduction: Sacramental Theology and Natural Philosophy in the Works of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz; 1 Divine Reflections: The Wit of El divino Narciso; 2 Bread of Heaven: Types and Figures in El Cetro de Jose; 3 The Constant Prince: Neostoicism and Natural Philosophy in El martir del sacramento, San Hermenegildo

About the author: 

Alice Brooke is Queen Sofia Fellow and Tutor in Spanish at Exeter College, Oxford. After completing her DPhil at Merton College, Oxford, she spent two years as Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and the University of Warwick, before taking up her current post. She has also held fellowships at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, the Herzog August Bibliothek, and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her work focusses on colonial Latin American literature and culture, in particular the works of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.

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