I am doing my research paper on an analysis of the purpose behind Porgy and Bess, was it political or just a opera.
I began with a search of the library’s holdings using the “discovery” search box on the library home page. For example, I found several good eBooks for you by searching: (porgy and bess) criticism.
There is a chapter in this book devoted to commentary and criticism of the opera:
Porgy and Bess, by Burton D. Fisher
And this book, The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess: Race, Culture, and America’s Most Famous Opera, by Ellen Noonan, is entirely devoted to critical examination of the opera.
In The George Gershwin Reader, by Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson, you’ll find critical examination of “Porgy and Bess” in Section V.
Several articles turned up in that “discovery” search, too, and they seemed right on point. Most of them were from ProQuest’s Research Library, so a further search of that resource was in order, as well as searching within key journal titles suggested from the “discovery” search (Journal of American Folklore, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and Journal of American Studies).
Here are three full-text articles from the “discovery” search to get you started:
2. “Disguise, Containment and the Porgy and Bess Revival of 1952-1956,” by Monod David
3. “Where Did Porgy and Bess Come From?,” by Richard Crawford
Also, although it is counter-intuitive, I found a lot of information on the play and discussion of Gershwin and Heyward’s political perspectives from the Literature Resource Center. Use the tabs on the results screen to display criticism, biographies, work overviews, reviews/news, primary source materials, and multimedia links.
Please get back in touch if you need help finding more materials like these for your research paper.