Bacarisse, Pamela. Impossible Choices: The Implications of the Cultural References in the Novels of Manuel Puig. Calgary, Alberta: University of Calgary Press, 1993. An excellent critical study of Puig’s work. Includes bibliographical references and an index.
Bacarisse, Pamela. The Necessary Dream: A Study of the Novels of Manuel Puig. Totowa, N.J.: Barnes & Noble Books, 1988. Chapters on the major novels. The introduction provides a useful overview of Puig’s career and themes. Includes notes and bibliography.
Colas, Santiago. Postmodernity in Latin America: The Argentine Paradigm. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1994. Puig is discussed in this study of Argentine works, which also examines Julio Cortázar and Ricardo Piglia.
Kerr, Lucille. Suspended Fictions: Reading Novels by Manuel Puig. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987. Chapters on each of Puig’s major novels, exploring the themes of tradition, romance, popular culture, crime, sex, and the design of Puig’s career. Contains detailed notes but no bibliography.
Lavers, Norman. Pop Culture into Art: The Novels of Manuel Puig. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1988. Lavers finds a close relationship between Puig’s life and his literary themes. Biography, in this case, helps to explain the author’s methods and themes.
Levine, Suzanne Jill. Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman: His Life and Fictions. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2001. A full-length biography by one of Puig’s translators, focusing on the intersections between his life and his art.
Magnarelli, Sharon. The Lost Rib: Female Characters in the Spanish-American Novel. Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1985. In “Betrayed by the Cross-Stitch,” Magnarelli provides a close reading and feminist analysis of Betrayed by Rita Hayworth.
Puig, Manuel. “The Art of Fiction: Manuel Puig.” Interview by Kathleen Wheaton. The Paris Review 31 (Winter, 1989): 129-147. An intensive exploration of Puig’s themes and techniques.
Tittler, Jonathan. Manuel Puig. New York: Twayne, 1993. The best introduction to Puig. Tittler provides a useful survey of Puig’s career in his introduction and devotes separate chapters to the novels. Includes detailed notes and an annotated bibliography.