Gender in Lorraine Hansberry's a Raisin in the Sun by
Call Number: 812 GEN
Publication Date: 2011-02-10
The landmark play A Raisin in the Sun takes its title from a Langston Hughes poem which poses the question What happens to a dream deferred?/ Does it dry up/ like a raisin in the sun? Focusing on a working-class African-American family in Chicago who save enough to purchase either a business in a black neighborhood or a house in a white neighborhood, the plays exposes issues of racism and gender as the women of the family make important decisions that push against both racial and gender lines. This volume discusses gender in the play, looking at how the female characters fight both racism and male chauvinism, how the play is dominated by strong female characters, and how characters resist the stereotype of the emasculating female.