"Intelligent, persuasive." Choice

 "Of special interest to scholars of Joyce; of British Victorian and modernist literature (with examinations of Hardy, Lawrence, Wilde, Woolf, and the nature of modernity and modernism); and of continental literature, with introductory remarks on German and French Bildungsromane." James Joyce Literary Supplement

 "A masterful, revisionary study of an important genre's transformation that is also a study of literary modernism's emergence and character as Irish and English writers responded critically to their nineteenth-century precursors." James Joyce Quarterly

 "Offer[s] fresh insights into modernist novels that continue to display multiple sides and perspectives… [w]orth a serious modernist’s time." Comparative Literature Studies