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The autos sacramentales of Sor Juana Inés de la CruzNatural Philosophy and Sacramental Theology$
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Alice Brooke

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198816829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198816829.001.0001

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‘In Wondrous Harmony’

(p.160) Conclusion
The autos sacramentales of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Alice Brooke

Oxford University Press

The Conclusion to this study summarizes the arguments made in the Introduction and three main chapters, exploring how the presence of empirical ideas in Sor Juana’s autos sacramentales situate her as a ‘bridge’ between older ways of thinking and modern epistemological approaches. In particular, it emphasizes the importance of understanding Sor Juana’s treatment of typology and transubstantiation in the autos and their loas in the context of her explorations of the natural world through the methods of the New Philosophy, and of her emphasis on the ‘wondrous harmony’ that is present throughout creation, and which is crucial to understanding both the natural world, and human creative endeavour. Building on these conclusions, it suggests four ways in which the recognition of the significance of the New Philosophy to Sor Juana’s autos points to new directions in research into both her own works, and to the context in which they were produced.

Keywords:   New Philosophy, optics, wit, autos sacramentales, loas, Respuesta a sor Filotea

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