This Independent Study explores how the structural perspective of Critical Race Theory can be applied to Bruce Norris’ award-winning 2010 play, Clybourne Park. Clybourne Park takes place in both 1959 and 2009, in the house the Younger family from A Raisin in the Sun eventually moves into, in the fictional Chicago neighborhood of Clybourne Park. This I.S. looks at what individual, institutional, and societal subordinating filters appear in both Clybourne Park and the play that inspired it, Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 A Raisin in the Sun. By looking at the subordinating filters working in Clybourne Park, it is possible to see how racism and subordination throughout the 20th century and into the beginning of the 21st century in the United States has both changed and remained the same, and whether it is possible for the target audience of Clybourne Park to change its perspective and actions in the context of racism and subordination.


Huston-Findley, Shirley


Theatre and Dance


African American Studies | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Theatre History


A Raisin the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry, Bruce Norris, Clybourne Park, Critical Race Theory

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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