Sandra Cisneros Online 2023

by | Jul 17, 2023

The current index of websites was assembled as part of the research conducted by Márcia Lemos within the framework of her postdoctoral project titled “A Consciousness of One’s Own: Mapping English Modernist Legacies in the 21st Century Writings of Two American Female Writers – Sandra Cisneros and Lucy Ellmann” (October 2022 – August 2023, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto). The project aimed to address 21st-century societal challenges and contribute to an inclusive and informed society, by investigating the presence and the consequences of modernist legacies in the writings of Sandra Cisneros and Lucy Ellmann. Whereas Cisneros may be seen as a minimalist writer who favours short narratives and vignettes as part of her writing techniques – The House on Mango Street (1984) and Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo: A Story in English and Spanish (2021) are good examples; Ellmann hails from encyclopaedic modernism and Ducks, Newburyport (2019), for instance, runs through no less than a thousand Joycean-like pages depicting a torrent rather than a “stream of consciousness”. When searching online, webpages on Cisneros and Ellmann abound, but many of them only lead to platforms that sell the authors’ books or articles that cannot be accessed freely.

For readers who want to know more about Sandra Cisneros and her work, a selection of open-access sources is provided below.

Archive

The Sandra Cisneros Papers spanning 60 years of her life and career are part of The Wittliff Collections, at Texas State University. The acquisition happened in 2015 and this guide to the archive includes administrative information, a description of the collection arrangements and a timeline. In addition, visitors to the website have access to a complete box and folder inventory in PDF (246-pages long).

Biographies

Biography of Sandra Cisneros at the National Women’s History Museum website, written in 2019, by Kerri Lee Alexander, fellow of the National Women’s History Museum, an innovative online museum which aims to contribute to a more inclusive society by providing scholarly contents and filling in the gaps about women’s decisive presence in the American society, past and present.

Biography of Sandra Cisneros at the Poetry Foundation, where a number of other news articles on Cisneros and her work can also be found. No poems available, though.

Short biography of Sandra Cisneros and a selection of poems by Best Poems Encyclopedia. The list includes: “Abuelito Who”; “Black Lace Bra Kind of Woman”, “Dulzura”, “Love Poem For The Non-Believer”, “You Called Me Corazón”, among others.

Biography of Sandra Cisneros by the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Guides

A guide to Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street (1984) written by Peter Trachtenberg, Penguin Random House.

A guide to Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street (1984) created by LitCharts, the same team behind SparkNotes.

A guide to Cisneros’ works, namely The House on Mango Street (1984) and Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991), available at Literariness.org.

Biography of Sandra Cisneros and guides to The House on Mango Street (1984) and Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991), available at GrAdeSaver.

A guide to Cisneros’ works The House on Mango Street (1984) and Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991) by CliffsNotes. Includes a full glossary, essay questions and a quiz among many other sections.

 

Interviews

Interview by Yxta Maya Murray, The New Yorker, September 21, 2022. In this interview Cisneros talks about the creative process behind her collection of poems Woman Without Shame (2022). She also addresses other relevant issues, such as sexuality and desire in women over 60, the move to Mexico, the adaptation of her book The House on Mango Street into opera and film, etc.

Interview by Natalie Escobar, NPR, July 27, 2021.The importance of owning a house and conquering one’s independence and freedom are the main topics of the conversation between Escobar and Cisneros.

Interview by Gayle Elliot, The Missouri Review, March 1, 2002. Cisneros’ vision of the writing process is the main topic of her conversion with Elliot.

Interview given to The New York Times, on September 2, 2001, in which Cisneros reveals more about her reading habits and book preferences.

Interview by Mary B. W. Tabor, The New York Times, January 7, 1993. On this occasion Cisneros explains how she became a voice for Latinos and wishes more Hispanic writers were published as this could be of extreme importance for both the Latino and the white communities.

Interview given to The New York Times, on May 26, 1991, following the publication of Woman Hollering Creek, a collection of short stories by Cisneros.

Official Website

Sandra Cisneros’ official website is mostly bilingual (English and Spanish), although English is the predominant idiom in some sections. Besides other interesting features like an homage page, the website includes a Letter section in which the writer periodically addresses her readers.

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