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The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street


by Sandra Cisneros

Current Events & Pop Culture

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Cisneros’s Career and Impact on the Canon of Western Literature

Scholar Jane Juffer writes about Sandra Cisneros’s career as a barrier-breaking poet, including The House on Mango Street’s impact on the cannon of Western literature and Cisneros’s status as the first Chicana to sign a contract with a major publishing company, Random House.


“Since the late 1980s, House has been part of the university culture wars, perhaps most prominently at Stanford University, whose revamping of its traditional Western civilization requirement became the subject of much right-wing moralizing. Since then, numerous critical articles and further acclaimed publications by Cisneros have largely succeeded in quieting defenders of the canon who feared that texts such as House did not meet literary muster.”