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COMPSTD 2301 Introduction to World Literature

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Chimimanda Adichie Half a Yellow Sun Half a Yellow Sun film
Isabelle Allende House of the Spirits House of the Spirits film
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Persuasion Jane Austen movies
Fredrik Backman A Man Called Ove A Man Called Ove film
Karen Blixen Out of Africa Out of Africa film
Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre Jane Eyre adaptations
Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights WH adaptations
Pearl S. Buck The Good Earth The Good Earth film
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange film
Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden, The Little Princess The Secret Garden film
Lewis Carroll Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass A in W adaptations
Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote Don Quixote adaptations
James Clavell Shogun, The Great Escape, To Sir with Love Clavell adaptations
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim  
Charles Dickens Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, and many more Dickens Film Adaptations
Roald Dahl James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Matilda and many more Roald Dahl adaptations
Arthur Conan Doyle Hound of the Baskervilles, plus many other stories featuring Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes movie
Alexandre Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers Count of Monte Cristo
George Elliot Silas Marner Silas Marner film
Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary Madame Bovary film
Ian Fleming Casino Royale, Goldfinger, and many others James Bond films
Cornelia Funke The Thief Lord, Inkheart Thief Lord, Inkheart
Neil Gaiman Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Neverwhere  
William Golding Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies
Thomas Hardy Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd
Nick Hornby A Long Way Down A Long Way Down film
Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns The Kite Runner
Victor Hugo Les Miserables Les Mis
Aldous Huxley Brave New World Brave New World film
Thor Heyerdahl Kon-Tiki Kon-Tiki
Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Go Never Let Me Go
Diana Wynne Jones Howl's Moving Castle Howl's Moving Castle
Thomas Keneally Schindler's List Schindler's List
WP Kinsella Shoeless Joe Field of Dreams
Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being Unbearable Lighness of Being film
Stiegg Larsson Girl with a Dragon Tattoo The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo
Yann Martel Life of Pi Life of Pi
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera Love in the Time of Cholera
LM Montegomery Anne of Green Gables Anne
George Orwell 1984, Animal Farm 1984
Boris Pasternak Doctor Zhivago Doctor Zhivago
Alan Paton Cry, the Beloved Country Cry, the Beloved Country
Erich Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front Movie on You Tube
Mordecai Richler The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Movie on You Tube
JK Rowling Harry Potter series  
Marjane Satrapi Persepolis Persepolis
Mary Shelley Frankenstein Various adaptations
Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Various adaptations
Bram Stoker Dracula Bram Stoker's Dracula
Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels Various adaptations
JRR Tolkien The Hobbit Various adaptations
Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina, War and Peace Anna Karenina Adaptations
Jules Verne Around the World in Eighty Days 2004 version
H.G. Wells The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds  
Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray You Tube
Markus Zusak The Book Thief The Book Thief


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Information on Movies 

American Film Institute Catalog         Good for old films.

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text

Internet Movie Database

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Movie and Book Reviews in Newspapers

Newspaper Source

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 streaming) 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.