Woman Hollering Creek PDF - Overview
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories is a book of short stories published in 1991 by San Antonio-based Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros. The collection reflects Cisneros’s experience of being surrounded by American influences while still being familiarly bound to her Mexican heritage as she grew up north of the Mexico-US border.
These tales focus on the social role of women, and their relationships with the men and other women in their lives. The majority of the characters are stereotypes: men embody machismo while women are naïve and generally weak. Cisneros focuses on three feminine clichés: the passive virgin, sinful seductress, and traitorous mother.
Not properly belonging to either Mexico or the United States, the Chicana protagonists earnestly search for their identity, only to discover abuse and shattered dreams. Apart from focusing on these issues of struggling women, Cisneros simultaneously develops the readers’ sensitivity towards the lives of immigrants.
Woman Hollering Creek
The Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Lannan Foundation Literary Award, and was selected as a noteworthy book of the year by The New York Times and the American Library Journal. It was also nominated for Best Book of Fiction for 1991 by the Los Angeles Times.
Cisneros has written three volumes of poetry-Bad Boys; My Wicked, wtcked Wilys; and Loose Woman and she was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and other literary honors, including two fellowships, for fiction and poetry, respectively, from the NEA. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Glamour, Elle, Ms., Story, Grand Street, and The Village voice.
Cisneros received her B.A. from Loyola University and her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She shares a home in San Antonio, Texas, with several cats, dogs, parrots, and guest writers.
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