WILLA v6 - Reading the Neighborhood: Community as Text in The House on Mango Street

Volume 6
Fall 1997

Reading the Neighborhood: Community as Text in The House on Mango Street

Nancy Zuercher

I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to. But this isn't it. The house on Mango Street isn't it. For the time being, Mama says. Temporary, says Papa. But I know how those things go. (Cisneros 11)

Taking control of the reading experience means reading the text as it was not meant to be read, in fact, reading it against itself. (Schweickart 50)