Fowler, Marian. Redney: A Life of Sara Jeannette Duncan. Toronto: Anansi, 1983, 333 p.
Critical biography of Duncan.
Bissell, Claude. Introduction to The Imperialist, by Sara Jeannette Duncan, pp. v-ix. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1971.
Discusses The Imperialist as a novel of social criticism and of the "conflict between manners and morals … and the promptings of the human heart and mind."
Cloutier, Pierre. "The First Exile." Canadian Literature 59 (Winter 1974): 30-37.
Examines A Daughter of Today as the first Canadian novel concerned with "the development of a young, sensitive, artistic imagination exiled abroad."
Dean, Misao. "Duncan's Representative Men." Canadian Literature, No. 98 (Autumn 1983): 117-19.
Explores Duncan's ironic use of "representative men," such as Octavius Milburn in The Imperialist, to critique the sort of leaders produced by American society.
—. "The Paintbrush and the Scalpel: Sara Jeannette Duncan Representing India." Canadian Literature, No. 132 (Spring 1992): 82-93.
Argues that Duncan sought both "to gain artistic 'impressions,' as defined by the aesthetic movement, and to analyse 'material,' using the techniques of scientific realism" in her Indian novels.
—. "The Struggle for the Ideal: Political Change in Sara Jeannette Duncan's Novels." The Literary Criterion XIX, Nos. 3-4 (1984): 93-104.
Investigates Duncan's theme of "the shift in political power from the aristocracy to the majority" in The Imperialist and The Burnt Offering.
Smith, Marion. "Period Pieces." Canadian Literature, No. 10 (Autumn 1961): 72-7.
Review of The Imperialist and two other Canadian novels republished in 1961.
Additional coverage of Duncan's life and works is contained in the following source published by Gale Research: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 92.