Brown, Donald F. "Chateaubriand and the Story of Feliciana in Jorge Isaacs' María" Modern Language Notes 62, No. 5 (May 1947): 326-29.
Brown argues that the story of Nay and Sinar in María was directly influenced by Chateaubriand's Atala.
Brushwood, John S. "Codes of Character Definition: Jorge Isaacs's María" In Genteel Barbarism: Experiments in Analysis of Nineteenth-Century Spanish-American Novels, pp. 82-106. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1981.
Interprets a series of passages from María by applying the theory of Roland Barthes.
Jackson, Shirley M. "Fact from Fiction: Another Look at Slavery in Three Spanish-American Novels." In Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays, edited by Miriam DeCosta, pp.83-89. Port Washington, New York: Kennikat Press, 1977.
Discusses the depictions of Spanish-American slavery in Isaacs's María, Cirilo Villaverde's Cecilia Valdés, and Gertrudis de Avellaneda's Sab.
Magnarelli, Sharon. "María and History." Hispanic Review 49, No. 2 (Spring 1981): 209-217.
Magnarelli argues that Efraín, the narrator of María, adopts the stance of the historian in attempting to capture a lost past.
——. "Woman as Dramatized reader: María and La Traichíon de Rita Hayworth." Hispanofila 94, No. 1 (September 1988): 79-88.
Offers a critical comparison of the female reading experience in these two novels.
McGrady, Donald. Jorge Isaacs. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1972, 172 p.
Examines both Isaacs's life and work. McGrady also discusses contemporary responses to Isaacs's novel and poetry.
Warshaw, J. "Jorge Isaacs' Library: Light on Two Maria Problems." The Romanic Review 32, No. 4 (December 1941): 389-98.
Warshaw lists the contents of Isaacs's library and discusses possible sources for María.