Adell, Sandra. “A Function at the Junction.” Diacritics: A Review of Contemporary Criticism 20 (Winter, 1990). Compares Gates’s approach to African American literature with that of Houston Baker.
Branam, Harold. “Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” In Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism, edited by Chris Murray. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. A helpful entry on Gates that analyzes his life and career.
Bucknell, Brad. “Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and the Theory of ‘Signifyin(g).’” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 21 (January, 1990). Presents a thorough analysis and discussion of Gates’s ideas. Also discusses Gates’s critical position in relation to the positions of other scholars who disagree with his theories.
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. “An Interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Interview by Charles H. Rowell. Callaloo: A Journal of African American and African Arts and Letters 14, no. 2 (Spring, 1991). Presents interesting and enlightening reflections by Gates on his ideas and his experiences.
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. “Interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Interview by Jerry W. Ward, Jr. New Literary History: A Journal of Theory and Interpretation 22 (Autumn, 1991). Presents interesting and enlightening reflections by Gates on his ideas and his experiences.
Olney, James. “Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” In Modern American Critics Since 1955, edited by Gregory S. Jay. Vol. 67 in Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Group, 1988. An examination of his life and work.