As you read When I Was Puerto Rican, you may want to research Esmeralda Santiago further. You can research her life and work in three primary ways: works written by Santiago, on-line resources about Santiago and print resources about Santiago. Below, find a list of preliminary resources to begin your research.
OTHER WORK BY SANTIAGO (WRITTEN):
Sueno de América: Una Novela (forthcoming)
OTHER WORK BY SANTIAGO (EDITED):
**These works by Santiago have also been published in Spanish.
SELECTED ON-LINE RESOURCES:
"About Esmeralda Santiago" is a student project on the author written in Spanish with wonderful resources for Spanish speakers. The site is located at: http://www.castilleja.org/public/academics/studentprojects/mundo/santiagoe/santiagoeh.html. Accessed on 14 July 2002.
"Esmeralda Santiago's Home Page" presents information about the author, including upcoming New York City readings. The site is located at: http://www.esmeraldasantiago.com/index.html. (Accessed on 28 October 2002.)
Galullo, Lisa. "Truth and Identity in Autobiography: Teaching Esmeralda Santiago's novel When I Was Puerto Rican." This on-line article from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute offers an interesting overview of teaching Santiago's text in light of recent critical literary theory about memoir and creative non-fiction. This site is located at: http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/2000/1/00.01.03.x.html. Accessed on 14 July 2002.
"Reading Group Guide" for When I Was Puerto Rican from Vintage Book provides some basic information about Santiago and some questions to consider as you read. The site is located at: http://www.randomhouse.com/vintage/read/puerto/. Accessed on 14 July 2002.
"Voices From the Gap" is a comprehensive overview of Santiago and her work. This site includes a biography, a bibliography of selected literary criticism and links to other women writers of color. This site is located at: http://voices.cla.umn.edu/authors/esmeraldasantiago.html. Accessed on 14 July 2002.
SELECTED INTERVIEWS WITH SANTIAGO (ON-LINE AND PRINT RESOURCES:
Bair, Erin and Joyn Coyle. "Interview with Esmeralda Santiago."
Greene, Donna. "Esmeralda Santiago: Author Speaks for Puerto Rican Women." The New York Times 13 Apr. 1997: 13WC.
Koch, John. "Esmeralda Santiago: The Interview." The Boston Globe 30 Sept. 1998: Magazine 10.
SELECTED BOOK REVIEWS OF SANTIAGO'S WORK (PRINT RESOURCES):
Martinez, Elizabeth Coonrod. "Maid in the USA." Women's Review of Books 14 (1996): 22.
Sapia, Yvonne V. "The Americanization of Esmeralda; When I Was Puerto Rican." Los Angeles Times 26 Dec. 1993: Book Review 9.
Valdes, Alisa. "Santiago's triumphant American 'Dream'." The Boston Globe 31 Jul. 1996: E3.
SELECTED ACADEMIC ARTICLES ABOUT SANTIAGO (PRINT RESOURCES):
Copeland, Libby Ingrid. "Cultural Go-Between: Author Esmeralda Santiago's Two Languages and Two Lives." The Washington Post 12 Nov. 1998: C1.
Gatto, Katherine Gyekenyesi. "Mambo, Merengue, Salsa: The Dynamics of Self-Construction in Latina Autobiographical Narrative." West Virginia University Philological Papers 46 (2000): 84-90.
Mayock, Ellen. "Bicultural Construction of Self in Cisneros, Alvarez, and Santiago." Bilingual Review La Revista Bilingue 1998 23.3 (1998): 223-29.
Ortiz-Marquez, Maribel. "From Third World Politics to First World
Practices: Contemporary Latina Writers in the United States." Interventions:
Feminist Dialogues on Third World Women's Literature and Film. Ed.
Bishnupriya Ghosh. New York, NY : Garland, 1997.
Puleo, Gus. "Dance Between Two Cultures: Latino Caribbean Literature
Written in the United States." Hispanic Review 67 (1999):
Sprouse, Keith Alan. "Between Bilingue and Nilingue: Language and
the Translation of Identity in Esmeralda Santiago's Memoirs." American
Studies in Scandinavia 32.1 (2000): 106-116.
Szadziuk, Maria. "Culture as Transition: Becoming a Woman in Bi-ethnic Space (An Examination of the Autobiographical Narratives of Esmeralda Santiago, Sandra Cisneros and Cherrie Moraga)." Mosaic--A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 32.3 (1999): 109-129.
Torres-Robles, Carmen L. "Esmeralda Santiago: Hacia una (re)definicion de la puertorriquenidad." Bilingual Review La Revista Bilingue 23.3 (1998): 206-13.