Historical Context

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Mexican-American History
Mexican Americans, who form the subject of Cisneros’s fiction, are the largest group of Hispanic...

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Literary Style

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The story is unconventional in structure, consisting entirely of letters to the Virgin and other saints. The...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Cisneros, Sandra, ‘‘Only Daughter,’’ in Glamour, November 1990, p. 256.

Jusawalla, Feroza,...

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Brackett, Virginia. A Home in the Heart: The Story of Sandra Cisneros. Greensboro, N.C.: Morgan Reynolds, 2005.

Cisneros, Sandra. “The Authorized Sandra Cisneros Web Site.” http://www.sandracisneros.com/home .html.

Cisneros, Sandra. “From a Writer’s Notebook: Ghosts and Voices—Writing from Obsessions, Do You Know Me? I Wrote The House on Mango Street.” The Americas Review 15 (Fall/Winter, 1987): 69-73, 77-79.

Jussawalla, Ferosz, and Reed W. Dasenbrock, eds. Interviews with Writers of the Post-Colonial World. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1992.

Kevane, Bridget A., and Juanita Heredia. “A Home in the Heart—An Interview with Sandra Cisneros.” In Latina Self-Portraits: Interviews with Contemporary Women. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2000.

Olivares, Julián. “Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street and the Poetics of Space.” In Chicana Creativity and Criticism: Charting New Frontiers in American Literature, edited by Maria Herrera-Sobek and Helena María Viramontes. Houston: Arte Publico Press, 1988.

Petty, Leslie. “The ’Dual’-ling Images of la Malinche and la Virgen de Guadelupe in Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street.” Melus 25 (Summer, 2000): 119-132.

Rodriguez-Aranda, Pilar E. “On the Solitary Fate of Being Mexican, Female, Wicked, and Thirty-Three: An Interview with Writer Sandra Cisneros.” The Americas Review 18 (Spring, 1990): 64-80.

Tompkins, Cynthia. “Sandra Cisneros.” In American Novelists Since World War II, 4th Series, edited by James and Wanda Giles. Vol. 152 in Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1995.

Valdéz, Maria Elena de. “The Critical Reception of Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street.” In Gender, Self, and Society, edited by Renate von Bartelben. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1993.

Topics for Further Study

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Investigate the history of Mexican immigration to the United States. Why do Mexicans cross the border? Why have they suffered discrimination?...

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What Do I Read Next?

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Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street (1984) tells in poetry and prose the inspiring coming-ofage story of Esperanza Cordero, a young...

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