The text of a lecture delivered by Ian Johnston where he considers this novel in several stages: as an epic narrative; the comedy and tragedy within the plot and characters; time and magical realism; before finally concluding with a discussion of the insightful revelations about the world it depicts.
A paper by Audrey Murfin of Binghamton University examining the influence of the folk tales known in England as the Arabian Nights' Entertainments on the structure of this novel and 'The Yellow Mask' by Wilkie Collins.
An essay by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. which revolves around the observation that Gibson's SF language "simultaneously expresses a lyricism of estrangement, and an allegory of the present." The essay originally appeared in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction.
An essay by Wendy Wahl of the University of Vermont which investigates the relationship between humans and machines, especially in regards to Gibson's novel, and how some of this subject's themes are anticipated in psychotherapy, with reference to Freud's famous case study of 'Dora'.
A scholarly article by Quentin Bailey, San Diego State University, which argues that Godwin's concerns in this novel regarding criminal justice were inspired by the justicial reforms which followed in the wake of the Gordon Riots of 1780.
An older article by the philosopher and literary critic Georg Lukacs, hosted on Marxists.org. It mainly assesses the role of this work within the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and as a reflection of the thinking of that era.
An academic article by Ode S. Ogede of North Carolina Central University discussing the relationship between this novel's protagonist and political developments in South Africa's apartheid regime, with reference to Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene.
An essay by Collette Colligan of Kings College, London, exploring past and present critical responses to Greenwood's novel, the contextual details of its production, as well as narrative, characters and themes.