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Martyrs for Love: The Reflections of Sor Juana inés de la Cruz in/on Lucretia, Julia, Portia, and Thisbe

Judy B. McInnis
Hispania
Vol. 80, No. 4 (Dec., 1997), pp. 764-774
DOI: 10.2307/345067
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/345067
Page Count: 11
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Martyrs for Love: The Reflections of Sor Juana inés de la Cruz in/on Lucretia, Julia, Portia, and Thisbe
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Abstract

Sor Juana dedicated five sonnets in Inundación castálida to four pagan heroines whose fame derived from self-inflicted death or, in Julia's case, miscarriage. Sor Juana criticized these women not for their decisions but for their manner of effecting them. Formal and comparative analysis confirms Sor Juana's underlying feminism. The poems presage in some ways her intellectual "suicide" in her renunciation of writing in 1692.

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