An essay by Jamie McCulloch of Fairleigh Dickinson University looking at the literary devices Tesich employs in this novel to convey comedy and tradegy in his picaresque narrative and protagonist; McCulloch also discusses works by Martin Amis, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Richard Russo.
A study by Steffany Drozdo of the University of Kentucky asserting that Puig destroys the "binary ideological structure" proposed by several other critics as evaluations of this novel's central protagonists.
A paper by Ana-Maria Petecila of the University of Bucharest examining how liminality is transformed into the centre and alterity into acceptance, by means of acculturation and deconstruction, in this novel and The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston.
A paper by Reuven Tsur which evaluates various critical interpretations of the poem, distinguishes between symbol and allegory, 'Negative Capability' and the 'Quest for Certitude', and the nature of "ecstatic states". Tsur also addresses the work of Maud Bodkin, John Beer and others.