Beidler, Peter G., ed. American Indian Quarterly 4 (May, 1978). A symposium on Winter in the Blood for a special edition of American Indian Quarterly; three papers deal with the central character’s alienation, three others discuss the novel’s tone.
Gish, Robert F. “Word Medicine: Storytelling and Magic Realism in James Welch’s Fools Crow.” American Indian Quarterly 14, no. 4 (Fall, 1990). Compares the novel to a Homeric poetic epic.
McFarland, Ronald E. “‘The End’ in James Welch’s Novels.” American Indian Quarterly 17, no. 3 (1993). Looks for the themes in the novels’ endings.
McFarland, Ronald E. Understanding James Welch. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2000. An introduction to the writer and his work. Includes a thorough bibliography.
McFarland, Ronald E, ed. James Welch. Lewiston, Idaho: Confluence Press, 1986. A collection of critical articles on Welch’s first four books. Of special interest is a 1984 interview in which Welch suggests that his family background inspired aspects of his stories. The collection also includes a chronology of his life and writings.
Nelson, Robert M. Place and Vision: The Function of Landscape in Native American Literature. New York: P. Lang, 1993. Discusses the philosophy of place that emerges from Welch’s depictions of landscape.
Schort, Blanca. Storied Voices in Native American Texts: Harry Robinson, Thomas King, James Welch, and Leslie Marmon Silko. New York: Routledge, 2003. Analyzes the oral narrative traditions underlying Welch’s, and others’, work.
Velie, Alan R. “Blackfeet Surrealism: The Poetry of James Welch.” In Four American Indian Literary Masters. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1982. A critical study of Welch’s single volume of poetry.
Wild, Peter. James Welch. Boise State Western Writers Series. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press, 1983.