Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street, Houston: Arte Publico, 1984

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch62

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street, Houston: Arte Publico, 1984, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch62

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675

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Keywords:

  • Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street, Houston - Arte Publico, 1984;
  • Sandra Cisneros's novel of eighth-grader, Esperanza Cordero - growing up in a poor Mexican American neighborhood in Chicago;
  • series of short, lyrical vignettes - Esperanza, describing a year living on Mango Street that her parents owned;
  • the neighborhoods around Mango Street - divided along ethnic lines;
  • aping the language learned from her parents - telling Esperanza that “the neighborhood is getting bad”;
  • Esperanza, named after her great-grandmother - whose independence was lost with marriage;
  • stories of girls, only a little older than herself - bringing Esperanza closer to understanding how lives of women on Mango Street can become so restricted;
  • Sally's fate, sketched fully - reputation among the boys at school, severely beaten by her father more than once;
  • assault at the carnival - Esperanza, recognizing possibilities within herself, voices reinforcing her mother's admonition to “study hard”;
  • end of her year of writing – Esperanza, recognizing the potential power of an imagination that talks to the trees

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