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A general review of Charles Johnson scholarship in the West.


[Works Cited]

Boccia, Michael. "An Interview with Charles Johnson." Special issue of African American Review 30.4 (1996): 611-618.

Byrd, Rudolph P. Ed. I Call Myself an Artist: Writings by and about Charles Johnson. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1999.

--. Charles Johnson s Novels: Writing the American Palimpsest. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2005.

--. "Oxherding Tale and Siddhartha: Philosophy, Fiction, and the Emergence of a Hidden Tradition." African American Review, 30.4 (1996): 549-558.

Collins, Richard. "Honoring the Form: Zen Moves in Charles Johnson's Oxherding Tale." Religion and the Arts 14 (2010): 59-76.

Conner, Marc C. and William R. Nash, eds. Charles Johnson: The Novelist as Philosopher. Oxford: UP of Mississippi, 2007.

Ghosh, Nibir K. "From Narrow Complaint to Broad Celebration: A Conversation with Charles Johnson." MENUS, 29. 3/4 (2004): 359-378.

Gleason, William. "The Liberation of Perception: Charles Johnson's Oxherding Tale." Black American Literature Forum, 25. 4 (1991): 705-728.

Hardack, Richard. "Black Skin, White Tissues: Local Color and Universal Solvents in the Novels of Charles Johnson." Callaloo, 22. 4 (1999): 1028-1053.

Hutcheon, Linda. A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction. New York: Routledge, 1988.


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Johnson, Charles. Being and Race: Black Writing since 1970. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1988. --. Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing. New York: Scribner, 2003.

Little, Jonathan. Charles Johnson's Spiritual Imagination. Columbia: U of Missouri P, 1997.

Lucasi, Stephen. "False to the Past: Charles Johnson's Parabiographical Fiction." Critique, 52. 3 (2011): 288-312.

McWilliams, James, ed. Passing the Three Gates: Interviews with Charles Johnson. Seattle: U of Washington P, 2004.

Nash, William R. Charles Johnson's Fiction. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2003.

Retman, Sonnet. "Nothing was Lost in the Masquerade: The Protean Performance of Gender and Identity in Charles Johnson's Oxherding Tale." African American Review, 33.3(1999): 417-437.

Selzer, Linda F.. Charles Johnson in Context. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 2009.

Steinberg, Mark. "Charles Johnson's Middle Passage: Fictionalizing History and Historicizing Fiction." Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 45.4 (2003): 375-390.

Storhoff, Gary. Understanding Charles Johnson. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2004.

Thaden, Barbara."Charles Johnson's Middle Passage as Historiographic Metafiction." College English, 59. 7 (1997): 753-766.

Whalen-Bridge, John. "'Whole Sight' in Review: Reflections on Charles Johnson." MENUS: 31.2 (2006): 244-67.


Author Chen Houliang is a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Chinese Language and Literature, Central China Normal University (Wuhan 430079, China). He is also an associate professor of English at School of Foreign Studies, Shandong University of Finance and Economics (Jinan 250014, China). His academic interests include postmodern theories and ethical criticism. Email:
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