COMPSTD 2301 Introduction to World Literature

Need an idea for a novel?  Here are some suggestions:

Readers' Networking/Review Sites

goodreads -

Library Thing -

Books  by International Authors Our Librarians Have Enjoyed

Kathy's  Vanessa's

Francois Lelord - France - Hector and the Search for Happiness (contemporary) MOVIE

Markus Zusak - Australia- The Book Thief (WWII fiction) MOVIE, I Am the Messenger (contemorary fiction)

Melina Marchetta - Australia - Finnikin of the Rock (fantasy) and others

Kerstin Gier - Germany - Ruby Red (fantasy)

Chimimanda Adichie - Nigeria - Purple Hibiscus (contemporary fiction), Half of a Yellow Sun MOVIE

Lac Su - Viet Nam - I Love Yous Are for White People (memoir)

Zadie Smith - Great Britain - On Beauty, White Teeth (contemporary fiction) MOVIE

Cornelia Funke - German - The Thief Lord (fantasy) MOVIE, Inkheart (fantasy) MOVIE

Khaled Hosseini-Pakistan-The Kite Runner MOVIE, A Thousand Splendid Suns (contemporary) MOVIE

Yann Martel - Spain - Life of Pi  MOVIE

Jung Chang - China - Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (historical)

Arundhati Roy - India - The God of Small Things (contemporary)

Frank McCourt - Ireland - Angela's Ashes MOVIE, 'Tis (memoir)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Columbia - Love in the Time of Cholera MOVIE (magical realism)

Isabel Allende – Chile- The House of the Spirits MOVIE, Daughters of Fortune (historical, magical realism)

Marjane Satrapi- Iran - Persepolis MOVIE (graphic novel)

Abraham Verghese - India - Cutting for Stone (contemorary)

Ishmael Beah - Sierra Leone - A Long Way Gone (memoir)

Ursula Hegi - German - Stones from the River (WWII fiction)

Mark Hadden - Great Britain - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (contemporary)

Tea Obreht - Serbia - The Tiger's Wife (contemporary)

Anchee Min - China - Red Azalea (memoir)

L.P. Hartley – Great Britain – The Go-Between  MOVIE (historical fiction)

Ian McEwan – Great Britain – Sweet Tooth (contemporary)

Terry Pratchett – Great Britain- Dodger (historical), Nation MOVIE (fantasy), Good Omens (fantasy)

Alice Munro – Canadian – short story collections

Jasper Fforde – Great Britain - The Eyre Affair (fantasy detective)

China Mieville – Great Britain - Railsea (fantasy)

Paul Murray – Ireland – An Evening of Long Goodbyes (contemporary)

JK Rowling – Great Britain – The Casual Vacancy  MOVIE (conpemporary)

Louise Penny – Canada – Still Life (detective)

Nick Hornby – Great Britain – A  Long Way Down  MOVIE (contemporary), Juliet, Naked (contemporary)

Mal Peet – Great Britain – Life an Exploded Diagram (historical fiction), Tamar (WWII fiction)

Thanhha Lai – Vietnam – Inside Out & Back Again (novel in poetry)

Emma Donoghue – Ireland – Room (contemporary fiction)

Gary Shteyngart – Russia – Super Sad True Love Story ( future fiction)

Aristophane Boulon – France – The Zabime Sisters (graphic novel)

Philip Reeve – Great Britain – Fever Crumb (fantasy)

Hitomi Kanehara – Japan – Snakes and Earrings (urban contemporary)


Adeline Yen Mah - China - Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter (memoir)


Andy Mulligan - England  - Trash  MOVIE (contemporary fiction)

Voltaire - France - Candide (historical satire)

J.K. Rowling - England - Harry Potter Series  MOVIE LIST fantasy)

Terry Pratchett – Great Britain - Going Postal  MOVIE (Fantasy)

Diana Wynne Jones - England - Howl's Moving Castle, MOVIE Drowned Ammet (fantasy)

George Eliot - England - Adam Bede (historical novel)

Garth Nix - Australia - Sabriel (fantasy)

- Sweden - Let the right one in  MOVIE (murder mystery/fantasy)

Soseki Natsume - Japan - I am a Cat (satire)

Neil Gaiman – Great Britain – Coraline, <MOVIE  Anansi Boys,   M is for Magic, The Graveyard Book, <MOVIE The Ocean at the End of the Lane, <MOVIE Good Omens, <MOVIE Neverwhere (fantasy) <MOVIE

Other suggestions:

J.R.R. Tolkein - British MOVIES

Marcel Theroux - British

Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Spain

P.D. James - British MOVIES

Chris Cleave - British

Etgar Keret - Israel

Jean Kwok - Hong Kong

Jo Nesbo - Norway MOVIES

Paul Coelho - Brazil

Stieg Larsson - Sweden MOVIES

Roald Dahl - Wales MOVIES

Colm Toibin - Ireland

Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina MOVIES

Philippa Gregory - The Other Boleyn Girl MOVIE

Bernhard Schlink - The Reader MOVIE

Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray MOVIES

Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange MOVIE

Helen Fielding - Bridget Jone's Diary MOVIES

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go MOVIES

Victor Hugo - Les Miserable MOVIES

Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass MOVIE

David Nicholls - One Day MOVIES

Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights MOVIE

George Orwell - Animal Farm MOVIES

David Foenkinos - Delicacy MOVIE

Rula Jebreal - Miral MOVIE

David Nicholls - One Day MOVIE

Rupert Isaacson - The Horse Boy MOVIE

Lynn Barber - An Education MOVIE

W.P. Kinsella- Shoeless Joe MOVIE

Mordecai Richler -The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz MOVIE

Richard C. Morais - One Hundred Foot Journey MOVIE


Databases for Biography and Literature

Research Databases - all of them

Online Journal List - looking for a specific journal, like Variety or LA Times


For your International Author Assignment

Biography Reference Bank

Dictionary of Literary Biography   

Literary Reference Center Plus

Encyclopedia of Literature


Information on Movies 

American Film Institute Catalog         Good for old films.

American Film Scripts Online 

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text

International Index to Performing Arts

Internet Movie Database

Rotten Tomatoes


Movie and Book Reviews in Newspapers

Newspaper Source

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times  1881 - 1987

ProQuest Historical Newspapers:  New York Times  1851 - 2007


Citing a Movie   from the website Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide


Films or Movies

List films (in theaters or not yet on DVD or video) by their title. Include the name of the director, the film studio or distributor, and the release year. If relevant, list performer names after the director’s name. Use the abbreviation perf. to head the list. List film as the medium of publication. To cite a DVD or other video recording, see “Recorded Films and Movies” below.

The Usual Suspects. Dir. Bryan Singer. Perf. Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benecio           del Toro. Polygram, 1995. Film.


To emphasize specific performers (perf.) or directors (dir.), begin the citation with the name of the desired performer or director, followed by the appropriate abbreviation.

Lucas, George, dir. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Twentieth Century Fox, 1977. Film.


Recorded Films or Movies

List films by their title. Include the name of the director, the distributor, and the release year. If relevant, list performer names after the director’s name. Use the abbreviation perf. to head the list. End the entry with the appropriate medium of publication (e.g. DVD, VHS, Laser disc).

Ed Wood. Dir. Tim Burton. Perf. Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette. Touchstone, 1994. DVD.


EasyBib   Ohio State University Edition

Use the tab marked "All 59 options" then click on "Film/Online Video"