Bell, Bernard W., ed. Clarence Major and His Art: Portraits of an African American Postmodernist. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. Critical essays on Major’s work are interspersed with essays, poems, and paintings by Major himself.
Bell, Bernard W. “Introduction: Clarence Major’s Double Consciousness as a Black Postmodernist Artist.” African American Review 28 (Spring, 1994): 5-10. Bell introduces this special issue of the journal, which includes eight “Writings by Clarence Major,” a section of his artwork, as well as critical analyses of his poetry and fiction.
Bolling, Doug. “A Reading of Clarence Major’s Short Fiction.” Black American Literature Forum 13 (1979): 51-56. This early study of Major’s short stories recognizes that the artist “works with ‘process,’ with open forms, with the inconclusive, and with the interplay of formal and informal tensions.” One of the best analyses of Major’s short fiction, the essay includes discussions of “Ten Pecan Pies,” “Fun and Games,” and “An Area in the Cerebral Hemisphere.”
Klinkowitz, Jerome. “Clarence Major’s Innovative Fiction.” African American Review 28 (Spring 1994): 57-63. While dealing primarily with Major’s novels, Klinkowitz recognizes the “anti-realistic (and even anti-mimetic)” strain to much of Major’s fiction.
Klinkowitz, Jerome. The Life of Fiction. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977. Chapter 8 of Klinkowitz’s early study of a dozen postmodernist American writers focuses on Major and recognizes both the lyricism and the anticonventional strains of Major’s fiction.
O’Brien, John. “Clarence Major.” In Interviews with Black Writers. New York: Liveright, 1973. This fourteen-page interview with Major sheds light on the writer’s life and work.
Selzer, Linda Furgerson. “Reading the Painterly Text: Clarence Major’s ‘The Slave Trade: View from the Middle Passage.’” African American Review 33 (Summer, 1999): 209-229. Analyzes Major’s poem, emphasizing the historical contexts of artistic production.
Weixlmann, Joe. “Clarence Major: A Checklist of Criticism.” Obsidian 4, no. 2 (1978): 101-113. This checklist brings together some of the most important works of literary criticism written about Major’s fiction.