Woman Hollering Creek (1991), Sandra Cisneros’s third book, addresses many topics and concerns raised in her earlier works of poetry and fiction. While representing the experiences of Latinas at different life stages, Cisneros focuses on linguistic, cultural, and artistic hybridity and represents the persistence of Mexican culture in the lives of Mexican Americans. Most of the protagonists in this collection are girls and women confronted with confining gender roles and definitions of so-called “proper womanhood.” Most successful in overcoming these gender constraints are the many artist protagonists, who through creativity and innovation liberate themselves from the traditional “mythic” roles allotted to women within the culture.


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