55 I have used Robert Nemiroff's “complete original version” (cover) of A Raisin
in the Sun (1958; rpt., New York: Signet ... White Supremacy and the Critical
Reception of Lorraine Hansberry'sA Raisin in the Sun,” Modern Drama 42:1 (
Author: Bruce A. Mcconachie
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Category: Literary Criticism
In this groundbreaking study, Bruce McConachie uses the primary metaphor of containment—what happens when we categorize a play, a television show, or anything we view as having an inside, an outside, and a boundary between the two—as the dominant metaphor of cold war theatergoing. Drawing on the cognitive psychology and linguistics of George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, he provides unusual access to the ways in which spectators in the cold war years projected themselves into stage figures that gave them pleasure. McConachie reconstructs these cognitive processes by relying on scripts, set designs, reviews, memoirs, and other evidence. After establishing his theoretical framework, he focuses on three archtypal figures of containment significant in Cold War culture, Empty Boys, Family Circles, and Fragmented Heroes. McConachie uses a range of plays, musicals, and modern dances from the dominant culture of the Cold War to discuss these figures, including The Seven Year Itch, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The King and I,A Raisin in the Sun, Night Journey, and The Crucible. In an epilogue, he discusses the legacy of Cold War theater from 1962 to 1992. Original and provocative, American Theater in the Culture of the Cold War illuminates the mind of the spectator in the context of Cold War culture; it uses cognitive studies and media theory to move away from semiotics and psychoanalysis, forging a new way of interpreting theater history.
“Discrimination and the American Dream in Lorraine Hansberry'sA Raisin in The Sun” by Babacar M'Baye, Kent State University The scholar Joseph Wilson
argued that “The history of the Afro- American people is a mosaic woven into the
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Category: American Dream in literature
Provides an examination of the American dream in classic literary works.
FAMILY ( AND ) POLITICS IN LORRAINE HANSBERRY ' S A RAISIN IN THE SUN MAR GALLEGO Universidad de Huelva Looking back to the dramatic
production of the sixties and its main keystones , one must account for the
beginning of a ...
... appropriated through minstrelsy.27 Thisis apparent inthe careersofIra Aldridge,
Bert Williams, and George Walker, as well as in the characterization of Asagai in Lorraine Hansberry'sA Raisin in the Sun andfilms such as Bopha!and Sankofa.
Author: Monica White Ndounou
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Category: Social Science
In Hollywood, we hear, it’s all about the money. It’s a ready explanation for why so few black films get made—no crossover appeal, no promise of a big payoff. But what if the money itself is color-coded? What if the economics that governs film production is so skewed that no film by, about, or for people of color will ever look like a worthy investment unless it follows specific racial or gender patterns? This, Monica Ndounou shows us, is precisely the case. In a work as revealing about the culture of filmmaking as it is about the distorted economics of African American film, Ndounou clearly traces the insidious connections between history, content, and cash in black films. How does history come into it? Hollywood’s reliance on past performance as a measure of potential success virtually guarantees that historically underrepresented, underfunded, and undersold African American films devalue the future prospects of black films. So the cycle continues as it has for nearly a century. Behind the scenes, the numbers are far from neutral. Analyzing the onscreen narratives and off-screen circumstances behind nearly two thousand films featuring African Americans in leading and supporting roles, including such recent productions as Bamboozled, Beloved, and Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Ndounou exposes the cultural and racial constraints that limit not just the production but also the expression and creative freedom of black films. Her wide-ranging analysis reaches into questions of literature, language, speech and dialect, film images and narrative, acting, theater and film business practices, production history and financing, and organizational history. By uncovering the ideology behind profit-driven industry practices that reshape narratives by, about, and for people of color, this provocative work brings to light existing limitations—and possibilities for reworking stories and business practices in theater, literature, and film.
They are Lorraine Hansberry'sA Raisin in theSun(1959), James Baldwin's The
Amen Corner(1965). ... Lena Younger, materfamilias ofLorraine Hansberry's A Raisininthe Sun, has become something ofan archetype of the Black matriarch—
Author: Errol Hill
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Category: Performing Arts
(Applause Books). From the origins of the Negro spiritual and the birth of the Harlem Renaissance to the emergence of a national black theatre movement, The Theatre of Black Americans offers a penetrating look at a black art form that has exploded into an American cultural institution. Among the essays: James Hatch Some African Influences on the Afro-American Theatre; Shelby Steele Notes on Ritual in the New Black Theatre; Sister M. Francesca Thompson OSF The Lafayette Players; Ronald Ross The Role of Blacks in the Federal Theatre.
DON CORNELIUS, 2009 THE LANDSCAPE ofblackimages on television and in
filminthe mid1960s was pretty barren. ... named Bigger Thomas whose life ended
tragically, and Lorraine Hansberry'sA Raisin intheSun (1959), which featured a ...
Author: Nelson George
Publisher: Harper Collins
An authoritative history of the groundbreaking syndicated television show that has become an icon of American pop culture, from acclaimed author and filmmaker Nelson George, “the most accomplished black music critic of his generation” (Washington Post Book World). When it debuted in October 1971, seven years after the Civil Rights Act, Soul Train boldly went where no variety show had gone before, showcasing the cultural preferences of young African-Americans and the sounds that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel music. The brainchild of radio announcer Don Cornelius, the show’s producer and host, Soul Train featured a diverse range of stars, from James Brown and David Bowie to Christine Aguilera and R. Kelly; Marvin Gaye and Elton John to the New Kids on the Block and Stevie Wonder. The Hippest Trip in America tells the full story of this pop culture phenomenon that appealed not only to blacks, but to a wide crossover audience as well. Famous dancers like Rosie Perez and Jody Watley, performers such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and Barry White, and Cornelius himself share their memories, offering insights into the show and its time—a period of extraordinary social and political change. Colorful and pulsating, The Hippest Trip In America is a fascinating portrait of a revered cultural institution that has left an indelible mark on our national consciousness.
The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.
Author: Rosetta James
Publisher: Cliffs Notes
Category: Literary Criticism
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. A Raisin in the Sun debuted in the spring of 1959 and has since been translated into more than 30 languages. It is the story of a poor black family struggling to become part of the middle class. Family hardships test the faith of all involved and the result is unexpected and filled with heartbreak. CliffsNotes on A Raisin in the Sun helps you explore this play by providing you with summaries and commentaries, chapter by chapter. You’ll also gain insight into the author Lorraine Vivian Hansberry. Other features that help you study include A list of characters and their descriptions A genealogy chart to illustrate the relationships between the characters Glossaries to help you fully understand the novel Critical essays on thematic structure, language and style, and more Suggested essay topics and related research projects for more study Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.
5 SOUNDING THE RUMBLE OF DREAMS DEFERRED : LORRAINE HANSBERRY ' S A RAISIN IN THE SUN WHEN LORRAINE HANSBERRY died
in 1965 at the age of thirty - five , she was not only the first black playwright to
have achieved ...