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Lizandra Gomes


This is one chapter of a full Honors’ Thesis entitled “The Visions of Women Created by Three Major Female African American Playwrights of the Twentieth Century: Georgia Douglas Johnson, Lorraine Hansberry, and Suzan-Lori Parks”. This chapter addresses the vision of Lena Younger created by Lorraine Hansberry in A Raisin in the Sun. It analyses the vision of African American women emerging through the character of Lena Younger, during the Civil Rights Movement by employing traditional dramaturgical methodology, including facets of Literary Structural Analysis, and Stanislavskian Analysis. This study in its whole will, thus, demonstrate how the self-perceived image of African American women changed over time, in particular, during the Twentieth Century, in American History.

Note on the Author

Lizandra Gomes, from Cape Verde, graduated from Bridgewater State College in January 2010 with a BA in Theatre Arts and BS in Mathematics. This research began in the summer of 2009 as an Adrian Tinsley Program Summer Grant Project under the direction of Dr. Suzanne Ramczyk and has expanded into one semester honors thesis. Lizandra will be presenting her research at two conferences in 2010: The National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Montana and the New England Women’s Studies Association conference at UMass Dartmouth.

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