Border Crossings and Beyond: The Life and Works of Sandra Cisneros

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Macmillan, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 127 pages
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Author of "The House on Mango Street," which has sold more than two million copies in English alone, activist, MacArthur grant genius, figure of inspiration and controversy, Sandra Cisneros is unequivocally one of America's most important and much discussed contemporary literary figures. In a writing career that has spanned more than three decades, Cisneros has written acclaimed poetry and prose, including, "My Wicked," "Wicked Ways," "Loose Woman," "Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories," and "Caramelo," or, "Puro Cuenta."

"Border Crossings and Beyond: The Life and Works of Sandra Cisneros" traces the ways in which Cisneros's personal history, art, and influence are intertwined. The result is a revealing and multi-faceted portrait of the artist as writer, woman, and Mexican American. From a childhood defined by repeated migrations between Texas and Mexico, to the Chicano and women's movements, and the impact of her father's death, author Carmen Haydee Rivera offers a comprehensive and thoughtful engagement of Cisneros's writings, as well as her tremendous personal struggles and significant gifts. It will become mandatory reading for those who wish to understand the significance and power of Cisneros's contribution to Latina/o literature and American letters.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
An Artist in the Making
15
Telling to Live An Approach to Sandra Cisneros Fictional World
27
Entering into the Serpent A Provocative Chicana Poetics
53
Caramelo Weaving Family and National History into Storytelling
69
A Rebellious Soul in San Antonio Sandra Cisneros Social Activism
85
Notes
103
Bibliography
119
Index
125
About the Author
129
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About the author (2009)

Carmen Haydée Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Boston. She received her BA and MA in British and American Literature from the University of Puerto Rico in 1988 and 1991, respectively. She later returned to Boston and earned a PhD in Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S. from Northeastern University in 2001. She has taught courses in American Literature, Puerto Rican Writers in the US, and Contemporary US Latino/a Literature.

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