Category: lorraine hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry “A Raisin in the Sun” Lecture: Part II

Last post, I wrote about the first part of my lecture for Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. I discussed the ways that I connected Hansberry’s play to the rest of the course, specifically to John Hector St. John de Crèvecœur, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. As well, I looked at the importance of Hansberry’s play … Read More Lorraine Hansberry “A Raisin in the Sun” Lecture: Part II

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Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisn in the Sun” Lecture: Part I

My final lecture last fall for the American literature course at the University of Bergen was on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. A couple of years ago, I wrote about the presence of Big Walter on stage during a performance in Boston that was directed by Liesl Tommy. As well, I have discussed my other lectures fro the American Literature class: Introductory … Read More Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisn in the Sun” Lecture: Part I

Big Walter in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”

Throughout Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, one character hovers over the entire play as a specter of the past. This character is Big Walter, Lena’s husband and Benetha and Walter Lee’s father. Even though he does not appear on stage in the script, he exists as an important part of the narrative. His death, which we do not see, causes the action … Read More Big Walter in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”

"The City in American Literature: New Orleans, Chicago, and New York" Syllabus

Over that past year, I have posted various syllabi to provide teachers and students with ideas for possible courses and to open up discussions about various topics and themes in literature. Today, I would like to share with you a course I taught a couple of years ago entitled “The City in American Literature: New Orleans, Chicago, and New York.” As I thought about … Read More "The City in American Literature: New Orleans, Chicago, and New York" Syllabus