Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Sor Juana, Founding Mother of Mexican Literature

How a 17th-century nun wrote poetry, dramas, and comedies that took on the inequities and double standards women faced in society.
Restoration Poet

The Restoration’s Filthiest Poet (and Why We Need Him)

Creature of the court, royalist and fop, dandy and dilettante, John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester, knew how to scandalize with verse.
Queen Elizabeth I

Rags, Riches, and Cross-Class Dressing in Elizabethan England

In Elizabethan England, strict sumptuary regulations made sure that people dressed according to their rank in life, but many transgressed.