LIT 132: Comparative American Literatures
Summer 2001

Charles Johnson, Middle Passage (1990)

Charles Johnson's National Book Award-winning text is his third published novel.  It is also his second fictional treatment of American slavery (Oxherding Tale was the first).  A prolific cartoonist, critic, and contributor to television -- and also a professor of English at the University of Washington -- Johnson is one of America's leading contemporary novelists.  His major works include: 

Half-Past Nation-Time (1972) 
Faith and the Good Thing (1974) 
Oxherding Tale (1982) 
Being and Race: Black Writing Since 1970 (1988) 
Dreamer (1998)

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