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My Divine Lysis by Juana Ines de la Cruz

Episode 4 is a real treat because we’re discussing a feminist icon, a Mexican legend, a religious prodigy, and one of the most loved female poets in recent history. 

In her lifetime, Juana Ines de la Cruz wrote several plays, poems, and essays. Two volumes of works were published while she was alive. The last reprint of her original works was published in 1725. The first modern edition of her poetry wasn’t published until 1940, some 215 years later. 

Love for her work was rekindled in the 20th century and her writing is considered some of the greatest poetry in the modern world.

The devotion of Juana Inés de la Cruz

Feminist icon, Mexican legend, and one of the greatest poets in recent history

Daughter of the church

New Spain — 17th century map

Juana the prodigy, Juana the rebel

The church as choice

Her legacy

A closer look at her work: My Divine Lysis

My Divine Lysis



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