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A Raisin in the Sun

The play A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, first opened on Broadway in 1959.  The play deals with what an African-American family, the Youngers, should do with a financial windfall that they have just received.  The themes of this acclaimed play concern racism, human dignity, and the hopes and dreams of all people.

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Lorraine Hansberry (Keywords Anywhere)
  • Raisin in the Sun (Keywords Anywhere)

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3515 .A515

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Carter, Steven R. Hansberry’s Drama: Commitment amid Complexity. 1991.

                            Call Number:  PS3515 .A515 Z57 1991

  • Cheney, Anne. Lorraine Hansberry. 1984.

                            Call Number:  PS3515 .A515 Z6 1984

  • Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. 1995.

                             Call Number:  PS3515 .A515 R3 1995

  • Kappel, Lawrence (ed.). Readings on A Raisin in the Sun. 2001.

                            Call Number:  PS3515 .A515 R3385 2001

Reference Materials

  • Black Literature Criticism Call Number:  REF PS153 .N5 B556 1992

o   Vol. 2, pg. 952-973

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 17, pg. 182-192

o   Vol. 62, pg. 211-247

  • Critical Survey of Drama, 2nd Revised EditionCall Number:  REF PN1625 .C68 2003

o   Vol. 3, pg. 1527-1528

  • Drama CriticismCall Number:  REF PN1625 .D72

o   Vol. 2, pg. 241-262

  • Drama for StudentsCall Number:  REF PN1601 .D595 1998

o   Vol. 2, pg. 181-198

  • Literature and Its TimesCall Number:  REF PN50 .L574 1997

o   Vol. 4, pg. 309-315

  • Masterplots II,African-American Literature, Revised EditionCall Number:  REF PS153 .N5 M2645 2009

o   Vol. 4, pg. 1588-1592

Research Databases

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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