Dandridge, Rita B. “Debunking the Motherhood Myth in Terry McMillan’s Mama.” CLA Journal 41, no. 4 (1998): 405-416. Argues that McMillan’s debut novel exposes problematic assumptions in a Eurocentric myth of motherhood.
Ellerby, Janet Mason. “Deposing the Man of the House: Terry McMillan Rewrites the Family.” MELUS 22, no. 2 (1997): 105-117. Explores the way in which McMillan deposes her male characters from the “patriarchal center” in Mama, Disappearing Acts, and Waiting to Exhale.
Harris, Tina M., and Patricia S. Hill.“‘Waiting to Exhale’ or ‘Breath(ing) Again’: A Search for Identity, Empowerment, and Love in the 1990’s.” Women and Language 21, no. 2 (1998): 9-20. Analyzes McMillan’s representation of the tensions between socially prescribed gender roles and individual experience.
Henderson, Mae Gwendolyn. “Speaking in Tongues: Dialogics, Dialectics, and the Black Woman Writer’s Literary Tradition.” In Reading Black, Reading Feminist: A Critical Anthology, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. New York: Meridian, 1990.
Hernton, Calvin C. The Sexual Mountain and Black Women Writers. New York: Doubleday, 1987.
Patrick, Diane. Terry McMillan: An Unauthorized Biography. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999. A rather flimsy biography that nonetheless presents the basic facts of McMillan’s life.
Richards, Paulette. Terry McMillan: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999. Focuses on Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, analyzing McMillan’s narrative techniques as rooted in African American oral literature and music and providing literary and cultural context.