RLSP 342
Reading Sor Juana: "única poetisa americana, musa décima," Spring 2023
Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity

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This course focuses on the writings of one of the most revered women writers in Hispanic Letters, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, who was regarded by her contemporaries as the Tenth Muse. Our exploration and study of Sor Juana’s writings will focus on the different genres in which she wrote–prose, poetry, and drama–and it will include a survey and analysis of the historical context in which she wrote, the formal aspects of her writings, and critical essays about her work written by leading scholars in the field of Latin American literature. Near the end of the semester, the course will conclude by expanding its focus to examine the ways in which Sor Juana’s work has influenced contemporary Latin American and U.S. Latina authors. Conducted in Spanish.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 3962
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Each student will write three 5-7 page papers on which I will provide written feedback regarding grammar, style, and argument. Each student will also provide two 2-page critiques of their partner's papers as a form of feedback. After receiving my feedback and the feedback of their peers, each student will revise each of the papers and submit a final version. Excellent preparation and class participation is required.
Prerequisites: One RLSP course at the 200-level or above or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Spanish majors
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: Each student will write three 5-7 page papers on which I will provide written feedback regarding grammar, style, and argument. Each student will also provide two 2-page critiques of their partner's papers as a form of feedback. After receiving my feedback and the feedback of their peers, each student will revise each of the papers and submit a final version.
DPE Notes: This course will highlight the intellectual production of one of the most revered women writers in Hispanic Letters. It will explore the challenges women writers faced as well as the social critiques Sor Juana makes in her writings about the exclusion of women and other racial minorities in Spanish colonial society. As such, students will gain critical skills to analyze and understand the diversity of Spanish-American society through Sor Juana's texts.
Attributes: GBST Latin American Studies Electives
LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect

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