Sor Juana's Chronology

1650
"Sermón del mandato" delivered by the famous Portuguese Jesuit orator, Antonio Vieira.

1651
Juana de Asbaje y Ramírez, born in San Miguel Nepantla, México, on November 12.

1654
Learns to read from the "amiga" of Amecameca.

1658
Composes a loa to the Holy Sacrament.

1660
Goes to live with her grandfather in Mexico City.

1662
Enters the court of the Viceroy's wife, the Marquise of Mancera.

1667
Enters the Convent of the Discalced Carmelites of St. Joseph on August 14. Leaves the convent after three months, on November 18.

1669
Enters the Convent of the Order of St. Jerome on February 21, and remains there until her death. Writes her will. Her mother gives her a slave, Juana de San José, as a servant.

1680
Writes Neptuno alegórico in honor of the viceroy, Tomás de la Cerda, Marquise of La Laguna. Probable date of the composition of "Hombres necios que acusáis"...

1681
Probable date of the composition of the "Autodefensa espiritual," also known as the "Carta de Monterrey."

1683
Los empeños de una casa (The Trials of a Noble House), a play.

1684
Sor Juana sells her slave to her sister, Josefa María.

1688
Isabel Ramírez, Sor Juana's mother, dies.

1689
Performance of Amor es más laberinto (Love the Greater Labyrinth), at the palace. Inundación castálida is published in Madrid.

1690
The Carta atenagórica (The Athenagoric Letter), published by the bishop of Puebla, Manuel Fernández de Santa Cruz. In this letter Sor Juana criticizes the1650 sermon of the famous Portuguese Jesuit, Antonio de Vieyra. El divino Narciso (The Divine Narcisus), a sacramental play, is published in Mexico. Crisis of 1690, and breaks with her confessor, Núñez de Miranda.

1691
Composes Respuesta a sor Filotea, three months after the publication of Carta atenagórica. The Respuesta is published posthumously. Published in Puebla, the villancicos (carols) to Santa Catarina de Alejandría, composed for the cathedral of Antequera (Oaxaca).

1692
First edition of Vol. II of her works (Seville), Segundo volumen. It includes: El sueño, published for the first time; El cetro de José, El mártir del Sacramento, San Hermenegildo, and El Divino Narciso; Los empeños de una casa and Amor es más laberinto; Crisis sobre un sermón (Carta atenagórica).

1692-1694
Sor Juana confesses with Pedro de Arellano y Sosa, a spiritual son of the Jesuit, Antonio Núñez de Miranda.

1693
Pens Petición que en forma causídica presenta al Tribunal DivinoŠ" without date, but her biographer, Diego Calleja, dates it in 1693.

1694
Writes Profesión of the faith signed with her own blood (La protesta que rubrica con su sangre), on March 5. Sor Juana returns to the spiritual guidance of Núñez de Miranda until his death two months before her own. Docta explicación del MisterioŠ

1695
Sor Juana dies on April 17.

1700
First edition of Vol. III of her works (Madrid), Fama y obras póstumas, with approval by the Jesuit, Diego Calleja. It includes the Respuesta a Sor Filotea (The Reply to Sor Filotea), published for the first time.

1713
First portrait, painted posthumously by Juan de Miranda for the Jeromite convent.

1861
The Jeromite Convent closes.

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