"Sex and Scandal in Colonial Mexico" - Freshman Seminar
- Deborah S Rosenberg
- Harris Hall L06 - MoWeFr 11:00AM - 11:50AM
- In this seminar, the life of an iconoclastic, controversial nun from the 1600's will be our launching pad for exploring women's roles and national identity in Colonial Mexico. The church authorities attacked Sor Juana for defying her superiors and supporting women's rights, while her writing evoked criticism because it dealt with gender, sex, and the socially stratified world in which she lived. Together, we will analyze Sor Juana's life and works in the context of Mexican history. We will also look at Sor Juana's legacy in contemporary feminism, Latin American literature and Mexican identity.
- Student evaluation is based on classroom participation (20% of final grade), one oral presentation (10% of final grade), three short written papers (45%, or 15% each), the re-write of one of the first two papers (5%), and a final project (20%).
- Readings on history, politics, religion, and women's roles in Colonial Mexico; Course packet of poetry, essays, and plays by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; Irving A. Leonard, Baroque Times in Old Mexico; Octavio Paz, Sor Juana or, the Traps of Faith.
- Attendance at 1st class mandatory
Given in English
No P/N option for this section
- Enrollment Requirements: Reserved for Freshmen and Sophomores
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