Ledent, Bénédicte. Caryl Phillips. New York: Manchester University Press, 2002. An overview study of Phillips’s work, analyzing the novels in depth as representing a new Diasporic sensibility.
Ledent, Bénédicte. “A Fictional and Cultural Labyrinth: Caryl Phillips’s The Nature of Blood.” Ariel 32 (January, 2001): 185-195. Discusses the fragmented nature of Phillips’s narrative.
Low, Gail. “‘A Chorus of Common Memory’: Slavery and Redemption in Caryl Phillips’s Cambridge and Crossing the River.” Research in African Literature 29 (Winter, 1998): 122-141. Discusses Phillips’s representations of slavery in his novels.
O’Callaghan, Evelyn. “Historical Fiction and Fictional History: Caryl Phillips’s Cambridge.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 29, no. 2 (1993): 34-47. Connects Cambridge to historical narratives and suggests that Phillips’ novel reflects intertextual relationships with journals and narrative histories of the Caribbean.
Phillips, Caryl. “Crisscrossing the River: An Interview with Caryl Phillips.” Interview by Carol Margaret Davison. Ariel 35, no. 4 (October, 1994): 91-99. This interview follows the publication of Crossing the River. Phillips traces the origin of the novel to his play The Shelter and gives critical insights into black-white power relationships under colonial regimes, a continuing theme in his work.
Pinckney, Darryl. Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. New York: BasicCivitas Books, 2002. Phillips is considered along with J. A. Rogers and Vincent O. Carter as an author expressing an alienated black consciousness.
Sarvan, Charles P., and Hasan Marhama. “The Fictional Works of Caryl Phillips: An Introduction.” World Literature Today 65, no. 1 (1991): 35-40. Interprets three of Phillips’s novels, Final Passage, A State of Independence, and Higher Ground, and probes Phillips’ literary identity as either British or Caribbean.
Smethurst, Paul. “Postmodern Blackness and Unbelonging in the Works of Caryl Phillips.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 37, no. 2 (2002): 5-29. Discusses Phillips’s representation of the situation of blacks in Great Britain, especially themes of racism.