Overview In class we read and discussed Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun


Overview
In class we read and discussed Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park. We also looked at film/stage versions of the plays. For your portfolio item, I want you to analyze one film or stage production of either A Raisin in the Sun or Clybourne Park, or analyze the two original plays, looking for differences and similarities in characters, themes, style, etc.
From a play, to various film versions and performances of that play, to a modern take on the issues from the play—we can see the same or similar story told in different genres. Filmmakers, directors, and playwrights have interpreted Hansberry’s play through choices of staging, setting, costuming, and acting, or through dramatizing an adaptation of Hansberry’s original story itself. Write an essay in which you write a review of one of these adaptations, focusing on what aspects of Hansberry’s original work are captured in the film or production and the extent to which each dramatization is a product of its times. How would each play to the sensibilities, concerns, and expectations of audiences in its particular time period? What should a filmmaker or playwright consider in 2021 if they wanted to create an adaptation of this play?
Key Questions:
Why did people re-work this story over the years?
In what ways do you think the adaptation is faithful to Hansberry’s original work? In what ways was Hansberry’s original work changed in the adaptation? WHY do you think those changes were made?
To what extent is there continuity between the social issues that concerned Hansberry’s audience in the 1950s and audiences at the time of this recreation? To what extent is there a difference? How do you think these similarities or differences in historical context and societal issues influenced the adaptation?
In what ways should someone adapting this work today stay faithful to Hansberry’s original work? In what ways should someone adapting this work today change the story to appeal to a contemporary audience? Why would those elements be effective?
Primary Sources
Hansberry’s original play A Raisin in the Sun and either
Norris’s Clybourne Park OR
The adapted version of A Raisin in the Sun you wish to compare the original play with (choose one adaptation to compare to the play)
Note: compare the two plays or A Raisin in the Sun play to a film adaptation (you must be comparing two works)
Secondary Sources
Minimum requirement: Use at least three secondary sources. All three sources MUST come from the MTC library. You can choose from scholarly journal articles, critical essays, and books either in the databases or on reserve in the library. You may include additional secondary sources of your choosing.
Assignment Specifics
Length: 5-6 pages, not including the Works Cited page. The works cited page will be one more page at the end of your 5-6 page paper.
Format: MLA, with works cited page also in MLA format, including citations for all primary and secondary sources.
Primary Sources: See description above for primary sources required.
Secondary Sources: Use three secondary sources.
Overview
In class we read and discussed Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park. We also looked at film/stage versions of the plays. For your portfolio item, I want you to analyze one film or stage production of either A Raisin in the Sun or Clybourne Park, or analyze the two original plays, looking for differences and similarities in characters, themes, style, etc.
From a play, to various film versions and performances of that play, to a modern take on the issues from the play—we can see the same or similar story told in different genres. Filmmakers, directors, and playwrights have interpreted Hansberry’s play through choices of staging, setting, costuming, and acting, or through dramatizing an adaptation of Hansberry’s original story itself. Write an essay in which you write a review of one of these adaptations, focusing on what aspects of Hansberry’s original work are captured in the film or production and the extent to which each dramatization is a product of its times. How would each play to the sensibilities, concerns, and expectations of audiences in its particular time period? What should a filmmaker or playwright consider in 2021 if they wanted to create an adaptation of this play?
Key Questions:
Why did people re-work this story over the years?
In what ways do you think the adaptation is faithful to Hansberry’s original work? In what ways was Hansberry’s original work changed in the adaptation? WHY do you think those changes were made?
To what extent is there continuity between the social issues that concerned Hansberry’s audience in the 1950s and audiences at the time of this recreation? To what extent is there a difference? How do you think these similarities or differences in historical context and societal issues influenced the adaptation?
In what ways should someone adapting this work today stay faithful to Hansberry’s original work? In what ways should someone adapting this work today change the story to appeal to a contemporary audience? Why would those elements be effective?
Primary Sources
Hansberry’s original play A Raisin in the Sun and either
Norris’s Clybourne Park OR
The adapted version of A Raisin in the Sun you wish to compare the original play with (choose one adaptation to compare to the play)
Note: compare the two plays or A Raisin in the Sun play to a film adaptation (you must be comparing two works)
Secondary Sources
Minimum requirement: Use at least three secondary sources. All three sources MUST come from the MTC library. You can choose from scholarly journal articles, critical essays, and books either in the databases or on reserve in the library. You may include additional secondary sources of your choosing.
Assignment Specifics
Length: 5-6 pages, not including the Works Cited page. The works cited page will be one more page at the end of your 5-6 page paper.
Format: MLA, with works cited page also in MLA format, including citations for all primary and secondary sources.
Primary Sources: See description above for primary sources required.
Secondary Sources: Use three secondary sources.


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