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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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Films on Demand- Database 

  • A Raisin in the Sun: Character Studies Conversations (Full Video)
    • DESCRIPTION: Hosted by Eric Stoltz, this program dissects Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun through the sharp insights of Joe Morton (Walter Lee Younger); Kim Yancey (Beneatha Younger); Phylicia Rashad (Lena Younger); Ruby Dee, Audra McDonald, Starletta DuPois, and Ernestine Jackson (Ruth Younger); Ralph Carter (Travis Younger); John Fiedler (Carl Lindner); directors Lloyd Richards and Jack Hofsiss; Broadway producer Philip Rose; and Hansberry expert Lynn Domina, author of Understanding A Raisin in the Sun: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. The first play to realistically portray the daily lives of a contemporary African-American family, Raisin—a revolutionary work about race written during the civil rights era—makes the universal statement that dreams of a better future are important to everyone. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production. (51 minutes)


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