‘In Wondrous Harmony’
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.
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