González, Aníbal. “Modernist Prose.” In The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature, Vol. 2, edited by Roberto González Echevarría and Enrique Pupo-Walker, pp. 69-113. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Examines the prose works of the major writers of Spanish American modernism, including Silva's novel De sobremesa.
Hazera, Lydia D. “The Spanish American Modernist Novel and the Psychology of the Artistic Personality.” Hispanic Journal 8, no. 1 (fall 1986): 69-83.
A discussion of three novels associated with Spanish American modernism: Silva's De sobremesa and Diaz Rodriguez's Ídolos rotos and Sangre patricia.
Jrade, Cathy L. “Modernist Poetry.” In The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature, Vol. 2, edited by Roberto González Echevarría and Enrique Pupo-Walker, pp. 7-68. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Discusses the leading figures of Latin American modernist poetry, including a brief section on Silva's “Nocturno” and other poems.
———. Modernismo, Modernity, and the Development of Spanish American Literature. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998, 193 p.
A study of the modernista movement, including a brief discussion of Silva's writings.
LoDato, Rosemary C. Beyond the Glitter: The Language of Gems in Modernista Writers Rubén Darío, Ramón del Valle-Inclán, and José Asunción Silva. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 1999.
Examines the significance of precious stones in the aesthetics of three writers of the Modernismo movement, among them Silva and his relationship to art nouveau jewelry.
Molloy, Sylvia. “Voice Snatching: De Sobremesa, Hysteria, and the Impersonation of Marie Bashkirtseff.” Latin American Literary Review 25, no. 50 (July-December 1997): 11-29.
Discusses Silva's references to the Russian diarist and cult figure Marie Bashkirtseff, claiming that in his novel Silva appropriates the voice of the famous sensualist.
Villanueva-Collado, Alfredo. “Gender Ideology and Spanish American Critical Practice: José Asunción Silva's Case.” In From Romanticism to Modernismo in Latin America, edited by David William Foster and Daniel Altamiranda, pp. 269-81. New York: Garland, 1997.
Discusses conventional notions of masculinity in the Spanish-American critical tradition, suggesting that speculation on Silva's possible homosexuality may have distorted assessments of his life and work.