The Lockdown Chronicles 9: Juana


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Juana is looking after her sick sisters.
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This is a humble homage.

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, O.S.H. (English: Sister Joan Agnes of the Cross; 12 November 1648 – 17 April 1695), was a writer, philosopher, composer, poet of the Baroque school, and Hieronymite nun of New Spain (Mexico). [Wikipedia entry]

“In April of 1695, a plague hit the convent, with great loss of life. While looking after her sick sisters, she contracted the disease and died at four in the morning of 17th April, aged 46 years and five months.” (Kantaris 1992).

Text adapted from: “Reply to Sor Filotea de la Cruz” by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1691). Source image: Portrait of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695) by Miguel Cabrera (1695–1768), .ca 1750. Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional de Historia, México. Public Domain. This comic strip CC-BY-NC-SA.



Reply to Sor Filotea de la Cruz by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1691), available at [PDF] [Accessed 19 April 2020]

Merrim, S. (2020).  “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz”, Encyclopædia Britannica, April 13, 2020
availabe at
[Accessed 19 April 2020]

Kantaris, G. (1992) Biography of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Juana Ramírez de Asbaje)
Lecture for Part I SP1: Introduction to the Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the Spanish-speaking World, The Sor Juana Website, University of Cambridge. Available at [Accessed 19 April 2020]

Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Museo Nacional de Historia, México. Colección. Available at [Accessed 19 April 2020]

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