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ERIC Number: EJ832623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Leaving Mango Street: Speech, Action and the Construction of Narrative in Britton's Spectator Stance
Crawford-Garrett, Katherine
Children's Literature in Education, v40 n2 p95-108 Jun 2009
This paper attempts to unite "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros with the participant and spectator theories of James Britton and D. W. Harding in the hopes that such a union will provide new insights into each. In particular, this article explores how the speech acts of Esperanza, the novel's protagonist, are indicative of a shifting stance during the course of the novel. This shift, from participant to spectator, enables Esperanza to objectify her experience and eventually narrate her departure from Mango Street. Aside from its attempts to join theory and literature, this argument has implications for the classroom as well, a space in which the value of the spectator stance is often overlooked.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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