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Border Crossings and Beyond: The Life and Works of Sandra Cisneros (Women Writers of Color) [Hardcover]

by Carmen Haydée Rivera
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Book Description

September 23, 2009 031334518X 978-0313345180

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≪/i>, Loose Woman, Woman Hollering Creek and Other StorieS≪/i>, and Caramelo, or, Puro Cuenta.

Border Crossings and Beyond: The Life and Works of Sandra CisneroS≪/i> 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 Haydée 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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"Best known as the author of The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros is recognized as one the most important contemporary U.S. writers. In this book, Rivera (English and Latino/a Literature, University of Puerto Rico) examines the ways in which issues of cultural and racial identity are reflected in Cisneros' writing and social activism. Chapters look at Cisneros' creative process when writing novels and analyze her poetry collections, highlighting the distinctions that she makes between the two forms of writing. Rivera concludes with a discussion of Cisneros' role as an activist involved in community affairs, particularly those related to the development of Latino/a lives."

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"…readable, engaging…Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers."

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Book Description

A revealing and multi-faceted portrait of Cisneros as writer, woman, and Mexican American


Product Details

  • Series: Women Writers of Color
  • Hardcover: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (September 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031334518X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313345180
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,516,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Insightful, Enlightening and Engaging Book. November 18, 2009
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This book is very engaging from the very start and does a masterful job in detailing the life work of Sandra Cisneros. It brings you to the wellspring of current issues surrounding women writers who are shaping our American understanding of liberty, equality, culture, race and gender. It makes a vital contribution in how it describes Cisneros' "creative literary process" as that of a woman rising to meet the challenges of her own day through a Latina/Chicana perspective. An enjoyable, humorous and serious look at women writers of color.
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