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Sor Juana: Or The Traps Of Faith

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  461 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
mark her uniqueness as a poet. To Paz her writings, like her life, epitomize the struggle of the individual, and in particular the individual woman, for creative fulfillment and self-expression."
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Published September 15th 1988 by Belknap Press (first published November 1982)
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Mauricio
Excepto por algunas páginas en la que Paz abusa de su dialéctica poética, todo lo demás vale muchísimo la pena: la interpretación historica, el ambiente social en que se desarrolló su vida y principalmente la descripción que hace Paz de las ideas que antecedieron a su momento. La crsis que Sor Juana vivió hacia el final de su vida es casi novelesco, cuando se debilita la protección del virrey y se ve sometida a las presiones del arzobispo de México, del obispo de Puebla ("Sor Filotea") y de su c ...more
Dusty
May 20, 2010 Dusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Sor Juana: Or, the Traps of Faith is an important piece of Mexican literary history: Where else, in just one tome, will you find the country's second-best poet paying homage to its first-best poet? Nevermind that the book is eternally long (it's curious that a so-called biography on Sor Juana is only a hundred pages shorter than my volume of her complete works) and in a lot of ways is more about Paz and his views on poetry and nationhood (really, we know so little about Sor Juana; much of Paz's ...more
John Kulm
Nov 01, 2009 John Kulm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know about the author, Octavio Paz, until I found this book. A friend who noticed me reading it said, "Oh! Octavio Paz!" in a tone that made me think the author is bigger than his subject. His writing explained things about culture and the arts that I'd never considered. Very cool author; very tragic subject.

“The life and work of Juana Ines can be summed up in a single sentence: Knowledge is a transgression committed by a solitary hero who then is punished.” - Octavio Paz
Rafael
Apr 20, 2008 Rafael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Los homenajes a Paz -a diez años de su muerte- me han hecho, ahora, recordar la lectura de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz o las trampas de la fe. Leí el libro, regalo de Martha Ordaz, en 1997. Martha, siempre atenta, me invitó a desayunar al Samborns de los Azulejos y acabado el desayuno me dijo: Quiero regalarte un libro, escoge. Ví el de Paz, que tenía ganas de leer y me lo dio. Fue un regalo oportunísimo. Tenía en esa época ganas y necesidad de una lectura así.
Al día siguiente del regalo salí de v
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Emmanuel Medina
Feb 09, 2014 Emmanuel Medina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Las Trampas de la Fe" de Octavio Paz es un ensayo luminoso y valiente sobre una mujer que, escondida tras el hábito impuesto por la sociedad mexicana novohispana, le regaló a México identidad, poesía y astucia por partes iguales. Un obra maestra que desvela a Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, como mariposa, con la paciencia de un entomólogo de la lengua que sólo la mirada aguda y la palabra precisa del Nobel mexicano podría lograr. Ensayo tanto o más importante para entender el desarrollo de la nación ...more
José Luis Rodríguez G.
Con todo el rigor histórico y lingüístico sumado a la profundidad analítica y asociativa que caracteriza a nuestro premio Nobel, Paz nos envuelve en un viaje por el tiempo, por las emociones y letras que rodearon a Juana Ines para dar un retrato fiel (o el más fiel) de nuestra poetisa mexicana. Paz analiza tambien las razones por las que Sor Juana es única en su contexto y en el nuestro y de como aportó elementos únicos para "restituirla" en la literatura universal.
Bob
Sep 14, 2014 Bob rated it really liked it
Shelves: latin-america
This is the sort of book that made me want to study literature in college. Very little is known about Sor Juana's life, but Paz makes the seventeenth-century Mexican nun come alive through historical interpretation, psychological speculations, and very close readings of many of her poems. The book is based on his lecture courses at Harvard and the Colegio Nacional.
Paz's Sor Juana is a female intellectual who makes the life of the mind a vocation as full as the life of a religious:
"If there is
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Harry Allagree
Nov 17, 2013 Harry Allagree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't an easy book to read, for a lot of reasons. I found Octavio Paz a wonderful writer, but I hadn't expected such an extensive analysis of poetry & Spanish literature, etc. His is a very scholarly & balanced treatment. One of the fascinating treasures of the book is his tracing of Mexican history: from the ancient peoples, through the coming of the Spanish, the development of New Spain, and how this affected & formed the existing Republic of Mexico; and his thorough explanati ...more
c2o library
Sor Juana (1648-1695), satu figur soliter penuh kontradiksi di Meksiko abad ke-17: Biarawati dan enigma erotika; wanita yang handal dalam budaya, politik dan bisnis; penulis, pujangga dan intelektual otodidak yang selalu haus pengetahuan; pejuang kesetaraan hak wanita dan kebebasan berpikir kritis di bawah perlindungan sekaligus pengawasan gereja.

Terlahir di luar nikah, karena kecerdasannya ia menjadi favorit Vicereine, bergaul di lingkungan kerajaan dan menerima berbagai courtship. Tiba-tiba di
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DROPPING OUT
Apr 21, 2013 DROPPING OUT rated it it was amazing
The late Octavio Paz (Nobel laureate in Literature, 1990) believed very much in a Mexican identity, an identity separate and apart from other Latin American countries, and Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz was an important personality in this regard. Her intelligence, her literary production, even her spirituality, placed her both within Spain's colonial empire, but without.

The volume was derived from the research Paz did in preparing a series of lectures at Harvard University in the 1980s. While basing
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Ben
Jan 15, 2008 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(written in 1998 in response to Sor Juana).

How would it be to have such an intense desire to learn and understand, knowing what good it can bring humanity and religion, and at the same time, feeling guilty for picking up a book to engage it? Doing that for an entire lifetime, no wonder she died with a guilty conscience and a belief that she was the "worst in the world". I'd like to say what a waste--but then I again I tend to believe that if learning wasn't forbidden than she might not have had
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MacK
Jan 31, 2010 MacK rated it it was amazing
You know you're in for a beautiful biography when the text itself is as compelling as the subject matter. Having a nobel laureate like Octavio Paz write your autobiography is like having Vincent Van Gogh paint your house. The fact that Sor Juana's life also happens to be a thrilling blend of literary brilliance and political intrigue merely serves to give Paz a more complete arsenal with which to craft a great piece of non-fiction, whether or not you have the least bit of knowledge or interest i ...more
Omar Arenax
Lo comencé pero no lo he terminado, lo retomaré desde el comienzo y ahora si serás parte de mi historia. Amén

SÍLABAS LAS ESTRELLAS COMPONGAN

Finalmente después de 2 intentos eres parte de mi historia mon amour.

Una investigación muy completa del sr Paz sobre la vida y obra de Sor Juana, recomendado, con la salvedad que tienen que clavarse en el contexto histórico de la nueva España del ese tiempo, en ocasiones tedioso.
Juana Perez
I recently read some books about the life of Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz. I am extradionary amaze about the life of Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz as a catholic nun and her writting. I do believe her writting it is very powerful since she emphasis the importance to women have the rigth to get an education. She is not only wrote poems but also sonnets, plays,and diaologues. I find her writting very inspiring myself as a latina who is trying get her education.
Sapiputih
Jan 08, 2010 Sapiputih rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book confirms Octavio Paz' place as the leading thinker of 20th Century Western Civilization, and explains why his memorial service at The Metropolitan Museum in New York attracted a 2-mile long line that snaked around Central Park
Carmen
Dec 03, 2011 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book, The writing is incredible and the story of Sor Juana is amazing. Life in the convent, her writing her position in court all of this make this book very interesting if not a quick read.
Heather
Dec 06, 2008 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for the class I am TAing--- it is kind of awful. Who am I kidding? It is really really awful!
Velvetink
Jan 25, 2011 Velvetink marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Mentioned in The Princessa: Machiavelli for Women by Harriet Rubin.
Joellekirch
Feb 11, 2013 Joellekirch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a great book about her and the history of Mexico
Nancy
Jul 22, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uno de los mejores libros que he leído, tanto por el magnífico autor como por el sujeto de análisis. Imperdible.
Andrés
Apr 11, 2015 Andrés rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 estrellas no son suficientes para calificar esta obra. Impecablemente escrita, muestra la erudición de Octavio Paz en todo su esplendor...
Lwebb
Oct 17, 2008 Lwebb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times reads like a text book and occasionally loses sight of the subject, but it's a fascinating character study.
Gladys
Nov 19, 2008 Gladys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for:
Interesante ensayo que expone tanto la vida de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz como a la sociedad en la que vive. El genio de Sor Juana queda manifiesto en su obra literaria así como en su actitud personal
Jorge Antonio Olvera Mateos
I will never forget two names: Hermes Trismegisto and Athanasius Kircher... The best essay by Paz that Ive read! ...more
Russ
He explores the world of Sor Juana's poetry and does a wonderful job of
transporting us back in time.
Beatriz
Mar 10, 2016 Beatriz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow
Nenad
Oct 06, 2011 Nenad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Still the best Sor Juana biography out there.
Kelly Buntin
Reading for research for my artwork.
Jozerep
May 04, 2014 Jozerep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Retrato de una vida y de una época, una lectura maravillosa.
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Octavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature ("for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity.")
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“La lectura es libertad y el lector, al leer, reinventa aquello mismo que lee; participa así en la creación universal.” 4 likes
“La imagen de la biblioteca como refugio en donde se repliega la afectividad de Juana Inés y se despliega su actividad mental, ha de completarse con otra, que toca a la voluntad y al carácter: la biblioteca es el lugar del tesoro. Todo tesoro tiene sus guardianes, sus dragones; todo tesoro está encerrado en un castillo o enterrado en una cueva. La imagen del tesoro convoca la figura del héroe y sus hazañas. Proezas que son violaciones épicas y profanaciones heroicas, Juana Inés debe tomar la fortaleza por asalto y apoderarse del conocimiento como los piratas de su tiempo saqueaban los galeones que apresaban. El conocimiento es transgresión. Ella misma lo dice: lee todos los libros "sin que basten los castigos a estorbarla".” 1 likes
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