Joy Kogawa bibliography Bibliography

Instead of fussing and fuming until everything was perfect, I decided to make available now the bibliography at which I have been labouring.  These tasks are always much larger than one envisions:  with Kogawa, this statement could well be picked up by the O.E.D. to illustrate the meaning of "understatement."  The trend toward multi-disciplinary scholarship has conspired with Kogawa's extensive activities as an activist and social commentator to extend the references beyond the capabilities of the average cyber and human browser. 
Missing from this bibliography, but coming in the fullness of time, are additional references from doctoral theses and the media, both print and film.   I am also working away at reviewing Kogawa's many prefaces, wise commentaries and anthologized works with a view to including most, if not all, in this work.  Finally, the upcoming opera of "Naomi's Road" is already generating interest and I hope to provide enough information for those who will study it to have the necessary pointers in place.

Enjoy.  May the study of Kogawa's work inspire you as it has so many others.

Chris Kurata

By Joy Kogawa


I: Fiction

Obasan.    Toronto : Lester & Orpen Dennys, c1981.
Boston: David R Godine, 1981.
Harmondsworth, Middlesex ; Markham, Ont. : Penguin Books, 1983, c1981.
Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2003, c1981

Obasan.  Howard, Dorothy (trans.).  Montréal : Québec/Amérique, 1989.

Naomi's road. Gould, Matt (illust.). Toronto : Oxford University Press, 1986.

Itsuka.  Toronto, ON: Penguin Books, 1992.
Toronto : Viking, 1992.
Toronto : Penguin, 1993.  Rev. Ed.

The rain ascends.   Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 1995.
Toronto, ON: Vintage Canada, 1996.


The splintered moon.  Fredericton:  Fiddlehead, 1967.

A poem. Designer, David Brown.  Kingston:  Quarry Press, 1968.

A choice of dreams.  Toronto : McClelland and Stewart,  1974.

Jericho road.  Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, c1977.

Six poems.  Toronto: League of Canadian Poets,  c. 1980.

Woman in the woods.  Oakville, Ont. : Mosiac Press, 1985.

A song of Lilith.  Artwork by Lilian Broca.  Vancouver : Polestar Book Publishers, 2000.

A Garden of Anchors.  Oakville: Mosaic, 2003


Marlatt, Daphne ; Neil, Al ; Ondaatje, Michael ; Darcus, Jack ; Westendorp, Jan Koot ; Greenaway, Tod ; Kogawa, Joy; Shikatani, Gerry ; Martin, Diane ; Itter, Carole ; Thesen, Sharon;  Wakayama, Tamio ; Takasaki, Mayumi ; Hoffman, Linda Uyehara ; Greenaway, John Endo ; Carney, Lora Senechal ; Bowering, George ; Sheard, Sarah.  “Roy Kiyooka 1926-1994." Brick:-A-Literary-Journal. 1994 Spring; 48: 13-33

“Pink geranium.”  Canadian Literature no99 Winter 1983. p. 33

“Road building by pick axe.”  Canadian Literature no99 Winter 1983. p. 32-3

“Grief poem”  Canadian Literature no100 Spring 1984. p. 171-2

“In the forest.” Canadian Literature no100 Spring 1984. p. 171

"The Campaign" // Poem
Cross-Canada Writers' Quarterly. 1987. Vol. 9, Iss. 2; p. 7

"April Christmas Tree" // Poem
Cross-Canada Writers' Quarterly. 1987. Vol. 9, Iss. 2; p. 7

For A.D.(poem) (East Asian-Canadian Connections).  Canadian Literature Spring 1994 n140 p 12(1).

"Woodtick." //Poem  Fiddlehead. Fredericton: 1995. p. 52

“What do I remember of the evacuation?”  Chicago Review v 42 no3/4 1996. p. 152-3.

“Poem for Wednesday (for John).”  Literary Review of Canada. Mar 2003. Vol. 11, Iss. 2; p. 17 .



Ackerman, Harold .   "Sources of Love and Hate: An Interview with Joy Kogawa."
     American Review of Canadian Studies.  Summer 1993 v23 i2 p217-29.

Amoko, Apollo O.  “Resilient ImagiNations: No-No Boy, Obasan and the Limits of Minority Discourse.”  Mosaic:-A-Journal-for-the-Interdisciplinary-Study-of-Literature (Mosaic). 2000 Sept; 33(3): 35-55

Banerjee, Chinmoy.  “Polyphonic Form and Effective Aesthetic in Obasan” Canadian-Literature. 1999 Spring; 160: 101-19

Beauregard, Guy “After Obasan; Kogawa Criticism and Its Futures.”  Studies-in-Canadian-Literature/Etudes-en-Litterature-Canadienne (SCL). 2001; 26(2): 5-22

Beautell, Eva Darias.   “The Imaginary Ethnic: Anachronies, (Im)Mobility and Historical Meaning in Obasan and Disappearing Moon Café.”  IN Davis,-Rocio-G. (ed. and introd.); Baena,-Rosalia (ed.). Tricks with a Glass: Writing Ethnicity in Canada.
Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000.  pp. 191-208.

Beedham, Matthew.  “Obasan and Hybridity: Necessary Cultural Strategies,”
Payant, Katherine-B. (ed. and introd.); Rose, Toby (ed. and epilogue). The Immigrant Experience in North American Literature: Carving Out a Niche. Westport, CT : Greenwood, 1999. pp.139-49

Blodgett, E. D.  “Ethnic Writing in Canada: Borders and Kogawa's Obasan,” Schaub, Danielle (ed. and introd.); Keefer, Janice Kulyk (ed.); Sherwin, Richard E. (ed.). Precarious Present/Promising Future? Ethnicity and Identities in Canadian Literature. Jerusalem, Israel : Magnes, 1996.  pp. 61-76.

Bowen, Deborah.  “Faithfully Reading Elie Wiesel and Joy Kogawa, Two Generations After.” Christianity-and-Literature (C&L). 1999 Summer; 48(4): 487-95

Brydon, DianaObasan: “Joy Kogawa's 'Lament for a Nation'”  Kunapipi- (Kunapipi). 1994; 16(1): 465-70

Byrne, Mary Ellen.  “Obasan: More than One Telling/More than One Reading” Teaching-English-in-the-Two-Year-College (TETYC). 2002 Sept; 30(1): 30-37

Chen, Davina Te-min.  “Naomi's Liberation” Hitting-Critical-Mass:-A-Journal-of-Asian-American-Cultural-Criticism. 1994 Winter; 2(1): 99-128

Cheung,-King-kok.  “Attentive Silence in Joy Kogawa's Obasan,”  Hedges, Elaine (ed.); Fishkin, Shelley Fisher (ed.). Listening to Silences: New Essays in Feminist Criticism. New York : Oxford UP, 1994. pp. 113-29.

Chua, Cheng Lok.  “Witnessing the Japanese Canadian Experience in World War II: Processual Structure, Symbolism, and Irony in Joy Kogawa's Obasan,”
Lim, Shirley Geok-lin (ed.-&-introd.); Ling, Amy (ed.-&-introd.); Kim, Elaine H. (fwd.). Reading the Literatures of Asian America. Philadelphia : Temple UP, 1992.  pp.97-111.
(Series:  Asian-American-History-and-Culture.)

Davis, Rocio.  “On Writing and Multiculturalism: An Interview with Joy Kogawa.” Commonwealth-Essays-and-Studies (CE&S). 1999 Autumn; 22(1): 97-103

Delbaere, Jeanne.  “Joy Kogawa Interviewed by Jeanne Delbaere.” Kunapipi- (Kunapipi). 1994; 16(1): 461-64

Devereux, Cecily.  “The Body of Evidence: Re-Membering the Past in Joy Kogawa's Obasan,”
Vevaina, Coomi S. (ed.); Godard, Barbara (ed.). Intersexions: Issues of Race and Gender in Canadian Women'-s Writing. New Delhi : Creative, 1996. pp. 231-43.

Donohue, Kathleen.  “'Free-Falling' and 'Serendipity': An Interview with Joy Kogawa.” Canadian-Children'-s-Literature/Litterature-Canadienne-pour-la-Jeunesse (CCL). 1996 Winter; 84(22 (4)): 34-46.

Dunlop, Rishma.  “Beyond dualism: toward a dialogic negotiation of difference.”
Canadian Journal of Education. Toronto: Winter 1999. Vol. 24, Iss. 1; p. 57.

Carol Fairbanks.  “Joy Kogawa's Obasan: a study in political efficacy.”  Journal of American and Canadian Studies Spring 1990 i5 p73-92.

Fujita, Gayle K.  “'To attend the sound of stone': The Sensibility of Silence in Obasan.”
MELUS:The-Journal-of-the-Society-for-the-Study-of-the-Multi-Ethnic-Literature-of-the-United-States (MELUS). 1985 Fall; 12(3): 33-42.

Goellnicht, Donald C.  “Minority history as metafiction: Joy Kogawa's 'Obasan.'”
     Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature Fall 1989 v8 n2 p287(20).

Goellnicht, Donald C.  “Father Land and/or Mother Tongue: The Divided Female Subject in Kogawa's Obasan and Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior,” Morgan, Janice (ed.); Hall, Colette T. (ed.); Snyder, Carol L. (ed.); Hite, Molly (fwd.). Redefining Autobiography in Twentieth-Century Women'-s Fiction: An Essay Collection. New York : Garland, 1991. pp.119-34.  (Series: Garland Reference Library of the Humanities Gender and Genre in Literature. New York; 3; 1386)

Goldman, Marlene.  “A Dangerous Circuit: Loss and the Boundaries of Racialized Subjectivity in Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Kerri Sakamoto's The Electrical Field.” MFS:-Modern-Fiction-Studies (MFS). 2002 Summer; 48(2): 362-88.

Gottlieb, Erika.  “The Riddle of Concentric Worlds in Obasan.”  Canadian-Literature (CanL). 1986 Summer; 109: 34-53.

Grewal, Gurleen.  “Memory and the Matrix of History: The Poetics of Loss and Recovery in Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Toni Morrison's Beloved,”  Singh, Amritjit (ed.); Skerrett, Joseph T., Jr. (ed.); Hogan, Robert E. Memory and Cultural Politics: New Approaches to American Ethnic Literatures. Boston : Northeastern UP, 1996. pp. 140-74.

Grice,-Helena.  “Reading the nonverbal: the indices of space, time, tactility and taciturnity in Joy Kogawa's Obasan.”  MELUS v 24 no4 Winter 1999. p. 93-105.

Harris, Mason.  “Broken Generations in 'Obasan': Inner Conflict and the Destruction of Community.”  Canadian-Literature (CanL). 1990 Winter; 127: 41-57

Harrison, Patricia Marby.  “Genocide or Redemption? Asian American Autobiography and the Portrayal of Christianity in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club and Joy Kogawa's Obasan.” Christianity-and-Literature (C&L). 1997 Winter; 46(2): 145-68.

Hattori, Tomo.  “Psycholinguistic Orientalism in Criticism of The Woman Warrior and Obasan,”  Stanley, Sandra Kumamoto (ed. and introd.). Other Sisterhoods: Literary Theory and U.S. Women of Color. Urbana, IL : U of Illinois P, 1998.  pp.119-38.

Howells, Coral-Ann.  “Storm Glass: The Preservation and Transformation of History in The Diviners, Obasan, My Lovely Enemy.”  Kunapipi- (Kunapipi). 1994; 16(1): 471-78

Hsu, Ruth Y.  “A conversation with Joy Kogawa.”  Amerasia Journal v 22 Spring 1996. p. 199-216.

Ito, Sally.  “Did That Character Choose Me? Joy Kogawa,”  Daurio, Beverley (ed.,-foreword and afterword); Davey, Frank (afterword). The Power to Bend Spoons: Interviews with Canadian Novelists. Toronto, ON : Mercury, 1998. pp.98-104 .  (interview with Joy Kogawa)

Ito, Sally.  “Divine Abandonment: An Interview with Joy Kogawa.”
Paragraph:-The-Canadian-Fiction-Review (ParagraphCFR). 1996 Fall; 18(2): 3-6

Iwama, Marilyn.  Transgressive Sexualities in the Reconstruction of Japanese Canadian Communities.  Canadian-Literature (CanL). 1998 Winter; 159: 91-110

Jones, Manina.  “The Avenues of Speech and Silence: Telling Difference in Joy Kogawa's Obasan,” Kreiswirth, Martin (ed.); Cheetham, Mark A. (ed.). Theory between the Disciplines: Authority/Vision/Politics. Ann Arbor : U of Michigan P, 1990.  pp.213-229.

Kanefsky, Rachelle.  “Debunking a Postmodern Conception of History: A Defence of Humanist Values in the Novels of JoyKogawa.” Canadian-Literature (CanL). 1996 Spring; 148: 11-36

Klooss, Wolfgang.  “Difference and Dignity: Problems of (Inter-)Cultural Understanding in British and North American Literature,” Kuester, Martin (ed. and introd.); Christ, Gabriele (ed. and introd.); Beck, Rudolf (ed. and introd.).  New Worlds: Discovering and Constructing the Unknown in Anglophone Literature. Munich, Germany : Vogel, 2000.  pp.239-59.
(Series: Schriften der Philosophischen Fakultaten der Universitat Augsburg. Munich, Germany.)

Kruk, Laurie.  “Voices of Stone: The Power of Poetry in Joy Kogawa's 'Obasan.'”  ARIEL:-A-Review-of-International-English-Literature (ArielE). 1999 Oct; 30(4): 75-94

Lim, Shirley Geok-lin.  “Asian American Daughters Rewriting Asian Maternal Texts,” Hune, Shirley (ed.-&-pref.); Kim, Hyung Chan (ed.); Fugita, Stephen S. (ed.); Ling, Amy (ed.). Asian Americans: Comparative and Global Perspectives. Pullman : Washington State UP, 1991. pp.239-48.

Lim, Shirley Geok-lin.  “Japanese American Women's Life Stories: Maternality in Monica Sone's Nisei Daughter and Joy Kogawa's Obasan.”  Feminist-Studies (FSt). 1990 Summer; 16(2): 288-312.

Lo, Marie.  “Obasan by Joy Kogawa,” Wong, Sau-ling Cynthia (ed. and introd.); Sumida, Stephen H. (ed. and introd.). A Resource Guide to Asian American Literature. New York, NY : Modern Language Association of America, 2001. pp.97-107

Lopez, Ferdinand M.  “Rice Talk: Discoursing Asian American Literature.” Unitas:-A-Quarterly-for-the-Arts-and-Sciences (Unitas). 2003 Mar; 76(1): 76-97.

Loreto, Paola.  “The Poetic Texture of Joy Kogawa's Obasan.”
Rivista-Di-Studi-Canadesi:-Canadian-Studies-Review:-Revue-D'-Etudes-Canadiennes. 1995; 8: 177-86

Lousley, Cheryl.  “Home on the Prairie? A Feminist and Postcolonial Reading of Sharon Butala, Di Brandt, and Joy Kogawa.”  Isle:-Interdisciplinary-Studies-in-Literature-and-Environment (Isle). 2001 Summer; 8(2): 71-95

Magnusson, A.  Lynne.  “Language and longing in Joy Kogawa's Obasan.”
Canadian Literature no116 Spring 1988. p. 58-66

Matsuoka, Fumitaka.  “Reformation of identities and values within Asian North American communities,” Dream unfinished. Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, 2001.  pp. 119-128.

McAlpine, Kirstie.  “Narratives of Silence: Marlene Nourbese Philip and Joy Kogawa,”  Jaumain, Serge (ed.-&-introd.); Maufort, Marc (ed.-&-introd.); Nobell, Lucette (introd.). The Guises of Canadian Diversity: New European Perspectives/Les Masques de la diversite canadienne: Nouvelles Perspectives Europeennes. Amsterdam : Rodopi, 1995. pp.133-42.

McFarlane, Scott.  “Covering Obasan and the Narrative of Internment,”
Okihiro, Gary Y. (ed.-&-introd.); Alquizola, Marilyn (ed.); Rony, Dorothy Fujita (ed.); Wong, K. Scott (ed.). Privileging Positions: The Sites of Asian American Studies. Pullman : Washington State UP, 1995. pp.401-11.

Merivale, P.  “Framed voices: the polyphonic elegies of Hebert and Kogawa.”
Canadian Literature no116 Spring 1988. p. 68-82

Morris, Robyn.  “Piecing Together Female Stories in Joy Kogawa's Obasan.”
New Literatures Review (NLitsR). 2000 Winter; 36: 35-45

Nyman, Jopi.  “Nation and the Body in Joy Kogawa's Obasan.,” Blake, Andrew (ed. and introd.); Nyman, Jopi (ed. and introd.). Text and Nation: Essays on Post-Colonial Cultural Politics. Joensuu, Finland : Faculty of Humanities, University of Joensuu, 2001.  pp.87-102.

Paddon, Seija.  “New Historicism and the Prose of Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Leena Lander's Cast a Long Shadow.” Scandinavian Canadian Studies/Etudes Scandinaves au Canada (SCSESC). 1996; 9: 91-103

Palumbo, Liu David.  “The Politics of Memory: Remembering History in Alice Walker and Joy Kogawa,”   Singh, Amritjit (ed.); Skerrett, Joseph T., Jr. (ed.); Hogan, Robert E.  Memory and Cultural Politics: New Approaches to American Ethnic Literatures. Boston : Northeastern UP, 1996. pp. 211-26.

Pesch, Josef.  “When time shall be no more? The narration of apocalypse in Timothy Findley's The Wars and Joy Kogawa's Obasan.”  British Journal of Canadian Studies. Edinburgh: 1999. Vol. 14, Iss. 2; p. 85

Potter, Robin. “Moral-in Whose Sense? Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Julia Kristeva's Powers of Horror”  Studies in Canadian Literature/Etudes en Litterature Canadienne (SCL). 1990; 15(1): 117-139

Phu, Thy.  “Photographic Memory, Undoing Documentary: Obasan's Selective Sight and the Politics of Visibility.” Essays on Canadian Writing (ECW). 2003 Fall; 80: 115-40

Quimby, Karin.  “'This Is My Own, My Native Land': Constructions of Identity and Landscape in Joy Kogawa's Obasan,” Hawley, John C. (ed. and introd.). Cross-Addressing: Resistance Literature and Cultural Borders. Albany, NY : State U of New York P, 1996. pp.257-73.

Rae, Ian.  “Reconsidering Lilith.”  Canadian Literature. Vancouver: Autumn 2002. p. 162

Ricou, Laurie.  “Landscapes of the Heart: Narratives of Nature and Self,”  The Arbutus/Madrone Files: Reading the Pacific Northwest.  Edmonton:  NeWest, 2002.

Rocard, Marcienne.  “Obasan de Joy Kogawa: Roman de la brisure.”  Anglophonia: French Journal of English-Studies (Anglophonia). 1997; 1: 167-75 (English)

Rocard, Marcienne.  “Obasan et Itsuka de Joy Kogawa: Resistance a l'H(h)istoire.” Commonwealth Essays and Studies (CE&S). 1998 Autumn; 21(1): 9-17.

Rose, Marilyn R.  “Hawthorne's "Custom House", Said's Orientalism and Kogawa's Obasan: an intertextual reading of an historical fiction.”  Dalhousie Review.  Halifax: Summer/Fall 1987. Vol. 67, Iss. 2/3; p. 286

Rose, Marilyn Russell.  “Politics into Art: Kogawa's Obasan and the Rhetoric of Fiction.” Mosaic:-A-Journal-for-the-Interdisciplinary-Study-of-Literature (Mosaic). 1988 Spring; 21(2-3): 215-226

Saeki, Karen.  “Untitled: Obasan.” Hitting-Critical-Mass:-A-Journal-of-Asian-American-Cultural-Criticism. 1994 Spring; 1(2): 123-28

Sasaki, Betty.  “Reading Silence in Joy Kogawa's Obasan,” Fisher, Jerilyn (ed. and introd.); Silber, Ellen S. (ed. and introd.); Gilligan, Carol (foreword). Analyzing the Different Voice: Feminist Psychological Theory and Literary Texts. Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, 1998. pp.117-39.

Snelling, Sonia.  “A Human Pyramid': An (Un)Balancing Act of Ancestry and History in Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Michael Ondaatje's Running in the Family.”  Journal of Commonwealth Literature (JCL). 1997; 32(1): 21-33

St.Andrews, B. A.  “Reclaiming a Canadian Heritage: Kogawa's Obasan.”  International Fiction Review (IFR). 1986 Winter; 13(1): 29-31

St. Andrews, B. A. “Co-Wanderers Kogawa and Mukherjee: New Immigrant Writers
World-Literature-Today:-A-Literary-Quarterly-of-the-University-of-Oklahoma (WLT). 1992 Winter; 66(1): 56-58

Tharp, Julie.  “'In the Center of My Body Is a Rift': Trauma and Recovery in Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Itsuka,” Kuribayashi, Tomoko (ed.); Tharp, Julie (ed.). Creating Safe Space: Violence and Women'-s Writing. Albany, NY : State U of New York P, 1997.  pp. 213-25.

Thiesmeyer, Lynn.  “Joy Kogawa's Obasan: Unsilencing the Silence of America's Concentration Camps.”  Journal of the Faculty of Humanities  (Japan-Women'-s-University). 1991; 41: 63-80

Tiessen, Hildi Froese. “Carwash & moonsong -- Take the Big Picture by James Reaney / Naomi's Road by Joy Kogawa.”  Canadian Literature. Vancouver: Autumn 1989. p. 251

Tourino, Christina.  “Ethnic Reproduction and the Amniotic Deep: Joy Kogawa's Obasan.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies (Frontiers). 2003; 24(1): 134-53

Margaret E. Turner. “Power, language and gender: writing "history" in 'Beloved' and 'Obasan.'”
     Mosaic Fall 1992 v25 n4 p81(17)

Ty, Eleanor.  “Struggling with the Powerful (M) Other: Identity and Sexuality in Kogawa's Obasan and Kincaid's Lucy.”  International Fiction Review (IFR). 1993; 20(2): 120-26

Ueki, Teruyo.  “Obasan: Revelations in a Paradoxical Scheme.”   MELUS:-The-Journal-of-the-Society-for-the-Study-of-the-Multi-Ethnic-Literature-of-the-United-States (MELUS). 1993-1994 Winter; 18(4): 5-20

Willis, Gary.  “Speaking the Silence: Joy Kogawa's Obasan.”  Studies in Canadian Literature/Etudes en Litterature Canadienne (SCL). 1987; 12(2): 239-249

Woo, Eunjoo.  “'Mother, I Am Listening': Mother/Daughter Conflict and Reconciliation in Joy Kogawa's Obasan.”  Feminist Studies in English Literature (FSEL). 2002 Summer; 10(1): 213-34

Wilson, Jean.  “Identity Politics in Atwood, Kogawa, and Wolf.”  CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture: A WWWeb-Journal (CLCWeb). 1999 Sept; 1(3): (no pagination)

Wilson, Jean.  “Toni Morrison's Beloved: A Love Story,” Ibsch, Elrud (ed. and introd.); Fokkema, Douwe (ed.); Thusen, Joachim von der (ed.). The Conscience of Humankind. Amsterdam, Netherlands : Rodopi, 2000. pp.349-59.  (Compared to ‘Obasan’)

Xu, Wenying.  “Sticky Rice Balls or Lemon Pie: Enjoyment and Ethnic Identities in No-No Boy and Obasan.”  Literature Interpretation Theory (LIT). 2002 Jan-Mar; 13(1): 51-68

Yamada, Mitsuye.  “Experiential Approaches to Teaching Joy Kogawa's Obasan,”.
Maitino, John R. (ed.); Peck, David R. (ed.). Teaching American Ethnic Literatures: Nineteen Essays. Albuquerque : U of New Mexico P, 1996.   pp.293-311.

Zwicker,-Heather.  “Canadian Women of Color in the New World Order: Marlene Nourbese Philip, Joy Kogawa, and Beatrice Culleton Fight Their Way Home,” Pearlman, Mickey (ed.). Canadian Women Writing Fiction. Jackson : UP of Mississippi, 1993.  pp. 142-54.

Zwicker, Heather.  “Multiculturalism: Pied Piper of Canadian Nationalism (and Joy Kogawa's Ambivalent Antiphony).”  ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature (ArielE).
2001 Oct; 32(4): 147-75.

II: Books

Cheung, King-kok.  Articulate Silences: Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa.  Ithaca, NY : Cornell UP, 1993.  (Series:  Reading-Women-Writing. (RWR). Ithaca, NY)

Darias-Beautell, Eva.  Division, language, and doubleness in the writings of Joy Kogawa. 
La Laguna, [Canary Islands] : Universidad de la Laguna, 1998.

Darias-Beautell, Eva.  Graphies and grafts : (con)texts and (inter)texts in the fiction of four contemporary Canadian women.  New York : P.I.E.-Peter Lang,  2001.

Davidson, Arnold E. (Ted).  Writing against the Silence: Joy Kogawa's Obasan
Toronto : ECW, 1993. 

Harris, Mason.   Joy Kogawa.  Toronto: ECW, 1996.  (Fiction Series 11)

Kella, Elizabeth.  Beloved Communities: Solidarity and Difference in Fiction by Michael Ondaatje, Toni Morrison, and Joy Kogawa.  Uppsala, Sweden : Uppsala University, 2000.

Maclaine, Brent.  Writing Plain Visions:  The Mystic Migrant in Joy Kogawa's "Obasan." 
Singapore:  National University of Singapore (Dept. of Japanese Studies), 1990. 
(Series:  Papers in Japanese Studies).

Peterson, Nancy J.  Against amnesia : contemporary women writers and the crises of historical memory.  Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.

Shahani, Roshan G. Family in fiction : three Canadian voices.  Bombay : S.N.D.T. Women's University, 1993.

Thompson, Lars, and Hayes, Becci.  Companions to literature. A teacher's guide for Obasan [by] Joy Kogawa.  Mississauga, ON : S.B.F. Media, 1991.