-Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt University, NOVEL
"Novak has produced the kind of tour-de-force that rewards the diligent reader's trust. It is now our task to re-read previous studies like Jennifer Green-Lewis's Framing the Victorians (1996) and Nancy Armstrong's Fiction in the Age of Photography (1999) in dialogue with Novak's insights, and to explore the implications of Novak's discoveries for new undertakings such as Ruth Bernard Yeazell's Art of the Everyday (2008) as they enter our critical terrain." -Victorian Studies
"Realism, Photography, and Nineteenth-Century Fiction offers an original and nuanced analysis of the relation between Victorian realist novels and nineteenth-century photography."
Nineteenth Century Literature
"this is one of the most inspired and inspiring books I have read in a while...In his intriguing ‘after-image’, Novak compares digital photography to composition photography in Victorian practice and wonders whether digital technology produces a real departure from photographic tradition. I think that it is in connections like this that this book succeeds in full."
- The Oscholars
"This is a highly original book; undoubtedly it adds a new perspective to the study of literature and photography..."