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2018 MLA Convention
Collaborative Session: GEMELA and Colonial Latin American Forum
As is known, misogynist scholarly and ecclesiastical practices challenged women’s cultural
production in seventeenth-century New Spain. Nevertheless, inconsistencies and insecurities
weakened gendered discourses, and women found ways to make their voices heard. Within
this context, many have already contributed to the excavation of artists and writers that
masculine hegemonies marginalized. Building upon a strong foundation, today’s scholars
continue to draw out previously overlooked instances of feminine knowledge production within
the oeuvre of even the best-known figures. The collaborative session aims to overview such
developments by exploring Sor Juana’s response to women’s intellectual marginalization. A
secondary goal is to re-evaluate Sor Juana studies in light of recent and forthcoming scholarship
that significantly advanced understanding of the poet and her works. In the spirit of what Anna
More described as “innovation within the constraints of convention” the panel welcomes
papers that consider how Sor Juana re-figured masculine hegemonies in order to secure a
legacy for learned women (Selected Works xiv).
Please send 250-word abstracts and 3-page CVs by March 10, 2017. (Mónica Díaz,
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Sor Juana: Securing Women’s Writing
Explores Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s engagement with women’s cultural production. 250-word
abstracts and 3-page CVs by March 10, 2017. (Mónica Díaz, monica.díaz@uky.edu).
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