Reality Shifts: The Language of Nahuala in Sandra Cisneros’ Caramelo, or Puro Cuento

Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)


In this final chapter, Sandra Cisneros’ novel is examined for the symbolisms and linguistic code-switching that engage Celaya in a rite of passage toward becoming the storyteller for her family. Thinking about these performances allows recognition that the structure of the text and the experiences within it are part of various ritualizations that bind Celaya’s family.


Cisneros Bildungsroman Ritual Mexico City Liminality Catherine Bell Sound Border crossing Code-switching 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Miami UniversityCincinnatiUSA

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