Bold, Christine. Selling the Wild West: Popular Western Fiction, 1860 to 1960. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1987. Compares Shane critically to other popular Westerns.
Haslam, Gerald. Jack Schaefer. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press, 1975. An introductory survey of Schaefer’s major works.
Robinson, Forrest G. Having It Both Ways: Self-Subversion in Western Popular Classics. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1993. Regards Shane as unconsciously revealing the dangers of Western “male hegemony.”
Work, James C., ed. Shane: The Critical Edition. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 1984. Includes critical essays, some discussing Shane as an allegory of good versus evil, the hero as mythic figure, and the novel’s considerable didacticism.