Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the US Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry's Vision of Freedom.

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    • Abstract:
      This article sets Lorraine Hansberry’s famous play A Raisin in the Sun alongside her 1959 speech ‘The Negro Writer and His Roots’ and a selection of her more prominent interviews and publications in between 1959 and 1961 to define her vision of a fundamental, feminist liberation for all people as the civil rights phase of the black freedom movement gained momentum. Although Raisin is typically considered to evince a liberal, integrationist message or even dismissed as a ‘feel-good’ play of patriotic optimism, it is emblematic of several key aspects of Hansberry’s communism, black nationalism and feminism. In the context of Cold War era domestic political repression and according to her commitment to socially engaged art, Hansberry authored a play that critiqued ‘money values’, liberal notions of freedom and black patriarchal aspirations. In addition, in thoughtful, measured language, she used the public platform the success of the play afforded her to subtly elaborate her criticism of the black matriarchy theory increasingly promoted by venerable scholars and in the pages of the illustrious Ebony magazine. Ultimately, Hansberry advocated a radical vision of freedom that exceeded the bounds of political pragmatism and focused on the ideal of radical egalitarianism. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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      0953-5233
    • Accession Number:
      10.1111/1468-0424.12296
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      124072098
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    • ABNT:
      CHAPMAN, E. D. Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the US Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry’s Vision of Freedom. Gender & History, [s. l.], v. 29, n. 2, p. 446–467, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 19 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Chapman ED. Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the US Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry’s Vision of Freedom. Gender & History. 2017;29(2):446-467. doi:10.1111/1468-0424.12296.
    • APA:
      Chapman, E. D. (2017). Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the US Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry’s Vision of Freedom. Gender & History, 29(2), 446–467. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0424.12296
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Chapman, Erin D. 2017. “Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the US Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry’s Vision of Freedom.” Gender & History 29 (2): 446–67. doi:10.1111/1468-0424.12296.
    • Harvard:
      Chapman, E. D. (2017) ‘Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the US Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry’s Vision of Freedom’, Gender & History, 29(2), pp. 446–467. doi: 10.1111/1468-0424.12296.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Chapman, ED 2017, ‘Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the US Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry’s Vision of Freedom’, Gender & History, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 446–467, viewed 19 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Chapman, Erin D. “Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the US Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry’s Vision of Freedom.” Gender & History, vol. 29, no. 2, Aug. 2017, pp. 446–467. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1111/1468-0424.12296.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Chapman, Erin D. “Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the US Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry’s Vision of Freedom.” Gender & History 29, no. 2 (August 2017): 446–67. doi:10.1111/1468-0424.12296.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Chapman ED. Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the US Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry’s Vision of Freedom. Gender & History [Internet]. 2017 Aug [cited 2019 Oct 19];29(2):446–67. Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=a9h&AN=124072098&authtype=ip,sso&custid=swtexas