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

Bartholomew Brinkman, Framingham State University

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.