Austin’s Sorjuanista: Selections from the Dorothy Schons Papers
Praised by the likes of Octavio Paz and others, Dorothy Schons made impactful gains in the study of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a 17th-century writer, women’s rights advocate, nun, and scholar.
Schons was a faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin from 1919 to 1960. As one of the first Sorjuanistas, Schons contributed many articles and several publications to the field, including Some Bibliographical Notes on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in 1925.
Dylan Joy, Latin American archivist at the Benson Collection, has gathered a display of materials from the Schons Papers that include correspondence between Schons and Sorjuanistas from Mexico; portraits of Sor Juana; and Schons’s publications, notes, and research materials related to her study of Sor Juana.
The finding aid for the Schons Papers is http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utlac/00145/lac-00145.html.
These archival materials will be on display in the Benson's main reading room through mid-August.
—Dylan Joy, Latin American Archivist