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Sor Juana, First Feminist of the New World, Will Be Subject of Oct. 1 Lecture

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Sor Juana, the First Feminist of the New World
Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
Wilson Special Collections Library
5 p.m. Book display | Main Lobby
5:30 p.m. Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

Sister (Sor) Juana Inés de la Cruz, widely considered the first published feminist of the New World, will be the focus of an Oct. 1 lecture and book display in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

UNC Professor of Spanish Rosa Perelmuter will discuss the literary and publishing career of the 17th-century Mexican poet at 5:30 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sor Juana has been lauded as one of the most outstanding writers of the Spanish American colonial period. In her lifetime, she earned the epithet “Tenth Muse,” mastering a variety of secular and sacred literary genres. Scholars rediscovered her poetry in the 20th century, and now teach her work as part of the Baroque literary canon.

Prior to the lecture, attendees will be able to view the first edition of Sor Juana’s first book, Inundación castálida de la única poetisa, musa dezima, Soror Juana Inés de la Cruz, religiosa professa en el Monasterio de San Gerónimo de la Imperial Ciudad de México (Madrid, 1689). The Rare Book Collection acquired the book in 2012 through the generosity of the Leslie Weil Memorial Fund.

Perelmuter, professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, is a specialist in Colonial Spanish American literature and is the author of two books on Sor Juana: Los Límites de la femineidad en Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Estrategias retóricas y recepción literaria (Universidad de Navarra, 2004) and Noche intelectual: La oscuridad idiomática en el primero sueño (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1982). She is also director of UNC’s Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program.

The event is sponsored by the Rare Book Collection and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

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