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Miller, W. Jason

Works: 3 works in 24 publications in 1 language and 2,678 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3515.U274, 811.5209
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by W. Jason Miller
Origins of the dream : Hughes's poetry and King's rhetoric by W. Jason Miller( )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For years, some scholars have privately suspected Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech was connected to Langston Hughes's poetry, and the link between the two was purposefully veiled through careful allusions in King's orations. In Origins of the Dream, W. Jason Miller lifts that veil to demonstrate how Hughes's revolutionary poetry became a measurable inflection in King's voice, and that the influence can be found in more than just the one famous speech. Miller contends that by employing Hughes's metaphors in his speeches, King negotiated a political climate that sought to silence the poet's subversive voice. He argues that by using allusion rather than quotation, King avoided intensifying the threats and accusations against him, while allowing the nation to unconsciously embrace the incendiary ideas behind Hughes's poetry."--Back cover
Langston Hughes and American lynching culture by W. Jason Miller( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

W. Jason Miller investigates the nearly three dozen poems written by Langston Hughes on the subject of lynching to explore its varying effects on survivors, victims, and accomplices as they resisted, accepted, and executed this brutal form of sadistic torture. In this work, Miller initiates an important dialogue between America's neglected history of lynching and some of the world's most significant poems. He begins with Hughes's teenage years during the Red Summer of 1919, moves on to the Scottsboro case beginning in 1931, then continues through WWII, the McCarthy era, the Red Scare, his interrogation before HUAC in the 1950s, and at last to the civil rights movement that took root toward the end of Hughes's life. Key poems, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "Christ in Alabama," and "Dream Deferred," revisit the height of Hughes's overt resistance and anger as he ardently wrote to keep this topic in the forefront of American consciousness. Miller then traces the poet's use of allusion in his later works and ultimately examines how Hughes used strategies learned from photography to negotiate censorship in the 1950s. This volume represents a crucial and long-overdue contribution to our understanding of the art and politics of Langston Hughes---a man who never knew of an America where the very real threat of lynching was absent from the cultural landscape
Environmental justice, lynching, and American riverscapes : Langston Hughes and Elizabeth Bishop by W. Jason Miller( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Audience level: 0.16 (from 0.15 for Origins of ... to 0.42 for Environmen ...)

Langston Hughes and American lynching culture
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