Basu, Biman. “Hybrid Embodiment and an Ethics of Masochism: Nella Laren’s Passing and Sherley Anne Williams’s Dessa Rose.” African American Studies 36, no. 3 (Fall, 2002). Explores the increasing interrogation of racial and cultural boundaries and proliferation of images of hybridity in Williams’s novel.
Carby, Hazel. “Ideologies of Black Folk: The Historical Novel of Slavery.” In Slavery and the Literary Imagination, edited by Deborah McDowell and Arnold Rampersad. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989. Excellent article that examines Dessa Rose’s treatment of history.
Davis, Mary Kemp. “Everybody Knows Her Name: The Recovery of the Past in Dessa Rose.” Callaloo 12, no. 3 (Summer, 1989). Excellent article that examines the novel’s treatment of history.
Goldman, Anne. “‘I Made the Ink’: (Literary) Production and the Reproduction in Dessa Rose and Beloved.” Feminist Studies 16, no. 2 (Summer, 1990). Explores women’s issues.
Henderson, Mae Gwendolyn. “Speaking in Tongues: Dialogics, Dialectics, and the Black Woman Writer’s Literary Tradition.” In Reading Black, Reading Feminist, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. New York: Meridian, 1990. Explores women’s issues.
Henderson, Stephen. Understanding the New Black Poetry. New York: Morrow, 1973. Mentions Williams’s work.
Rushdy, Ashraf H. A. “Reading Mammy: The Subject of Relation in Sherley Anne Williams’s Dessa Rose.” African American Review 27, no. 3 (Fall, 1997). Looks at Williams’s depiction of communicative interactions among African Americans and her literary style.
Tate, Claudia. Black Women Writers at Work. New York: Continuum, 1983. Includes an interview with Williams about her poetry.