Hansberry, Lorraine: Further Reading

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Cheney, Anne. Lorraine Hansberry. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1984, 174 p.

Full-length critical study.

Freedomways 19, no. 4 (1979).

Special issue devoted to Hansberry, including essays by James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni, and Alex Haley.

hooks, bell. "Raisin in a New Light." Christianity and Crisis 49, no. 1 (6 February 1989): 21-3.

Asserts that A Raisin in the Sun challenges stereotypical images of African American women.

Olauson, Judith. "1950-1960." In The American Playwright: A View of Criticism and Characterization, pp. 77-99. Troy: The Whitston Company, 1981.

Analysis of A Raisin in the Sun, focusing on characterization.

Peerman, Dean. "A Raisin in the Sun: The Uncut Version." The Christian Century (25 January 1989): 71-3.

Discusses material excised from the original production of A Raisin in the Sun.

Sharadha, Y. S. Black Women's Writing: Quest for Identity in the Plays of Lorraine Hansberry and Ntozake Shange. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1998, 144 p.

Examines the search for identity in the plays of Hansberry and Ntozake Shange.

Shyma, O. P. "Women in Lorraine Hansberry's Plays." In Indian Views on American Literature, pp. 107-11. New Delhi: Prestige, 1998.

Focuses on Hansberry's treatment of women in her plays.

Wilkerson, Margaret B. "The Sighted Eyes and Feeling Heart of Lorraine Hansberry." Black American Literature Forum 17, no. 1 (spring 1983): 8-13.

Overview of Hansberry's work, touching on the feminist themes of her plays.


Additional coverage of Hansberry's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: African American Writers, Eds. 1, 2; American Writers Supplement, Vol. 4; Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 25; Black Literature Criticism; Black Writers, Eds. 1, 3; Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography, 1941-1968; Contemporary American Dramatists; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 25-28R, 109; Contemporary Authors Bibliographical Series, Vol. 3; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 58; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vols. 17, 62; Contemporary Women Dramatists; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 7, 38; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: British Edition; DISCovering Authors: Canadian Edition; DISCovering Authors Modules: Dramatists, Most-studied and Multicultural; DISCovering Authors 3.0; Drama Criticism, Vol. 2; Drama for Students, Vol. 2; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, Ed. 3; Feminist Writers; Literature and Its Times, Vol. 4; Literature Resource Center; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; and Twayne's United States Authors.

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