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Philosophical, Existential, Letter Writing: A Look at Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz's “Reply” and Gloria Anzaldúa's “Speaking in Tongues”

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My essay examines Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz's “Reply to Sor Philothea” and Gloria Anzaldúa's “Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers.” By bringing these two texts together I explore each letters response to the question, “for us, what does it mean to be considered human” – a question that continually underlies Inter-American feminist fights against colonization, renouncement of patriarchal structures, and recovery from generations of not having a voice in many public, intellectual, and academic spaces. Furthermore, I investigate the merits of existential, philosophical, letter writing, qualities which I believe these two letters express. My aim is to show the benefits of greater inclusiveness for works written less traditionally, particularly for those that can be considered “philosophical letters.”


Margaret Newton    
University of Oregon, Department of Philosophy
United States


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