An essay by the literary critic J. Hillis Miller who considers this novel to be "a truly strange work". Its primary focus is a discussion on speech acts and narrative theory. Comparisons are made with Dickens's Bleak House.
A paper by Robert Silhol of the Institut d'Anglais Charles V which engages in a textual analysis of the language used in the short story as well as assessing the strategies of psychoanalytic literary criticism.
A paper by Christian La Cassagnere looking at Keat's use of melancholy, as well as challenging prevailing critical assessments of this poem; with reference to Freudian theories on the death-drive and analysis of several excerpts.
An essay by Alexandra Schultheis of George Washington University which explores various aspects of this work, particularly Kincaid's use of metaphor, as well as female subjectivity, and the relationship between psychoanalysis and postcolonialism.
A paper by Terri Smith Ruckel of Louisiana State University which utilizes insights by Jacques Derrida and Mary Louise Pratt to explore Kincaid's revising of imperialist methods of ethnography and adoption of a pluralistic sensitivity in this text.
An academic article by Toming Jun Liu, an Assistant Professor at California State University, questioning how "the context in which Asian American ethnicity is delimited within American domestic politics and sustained in narratives of Americanization".
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 Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan.
An essay by J. K. Buda, a professor at Waseda University, which explores this early Kipling work in great depth with analysis of many excerpts and evaluation of various critical appraisals over the years.