Title

Movies, Modernity, and All That Jazz: Langston Hughes's Montage of a Dream Deferred

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Version

Citation

Format

Other

Publication Title

African American Review

Keywords

Langston Hughes, Dream Deferred, African American writers, poetry

Subject Categories

English

Abstract

Presents literary criticism for the poem sequence "Montage of a Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes. Primary focus is given to depictions of jazz music, particularly bebop, as an essentially African American musical form within the sequence as well as Hughes' thoughts on movies. The anti-capitalist nature of the work is explained based on Hughes' critique of exclusionary U.S. mass culture.