Books on Adaptation: Literature to Film
This is an incomplete bibliography, but it will be a good starting point for everyone. (Links are to Amazon, but you can also search for these in the CUNY libraries or the NYPL.) Look at the books cited within these books using Amazon; look at what other books cite these books using Google Scholar.
- Cartmell, Deborah, and Imelda Wehelan, Eds. The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen. Cambridge: Cambridge U P, 2007. I THINK THIS IS A MUST-READ.
- Corrigan, Timothy, Ed. Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2011.
- Desmond, John, and Peter Hawkes. Adaptation: Studying Film and Literature. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.
- Harrison, Stephanie. Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films. New York: Three Rivers P, 2005.
- Hutcheon, Linda. A Theory of Adaptation. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2012.
- Stam, Robert, and Alessandra Raengo, Eds. Literature and Film: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Film Adaptation. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.
or, why simply Googling is a bad idea:
SPECIALIZED SEARCHING IS ONE WAY YOU MIGHT START. Rather than using Google and sifting through millions of results, let some sites already dedicated to inquiry do some of the heavy lifting for you.
How To Do It
- Get More Out Of Google (this infographic will quickly boost your keyword searches!)
- Search Strategies (UC Berkeley Libraries)
Where To Do It
- Google Scholar (see: Google Scholar Search Tips)
- Amazon.com (see: Amazon.com’s Advanced Search Features)
- Wikipedia (see: Researching With Wikipedia. Tl;dr? Basically, use the references and links at the bottom of a Wikipedia article as a starting point for research)
- Worldcat.org (Tells you what libraries have what books, often leads to related sources)
REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING: Determining your keywords is going to be the key to your searching success. Keep track of what keywords you use when you run a search. The more you read, however, the more keywords you can think of. So you might not want to begin with search engines. In which case, why not try…
THIS IS ANOTHER PLACE YOU MIGHT START. Put together by research librarians, these are great collections. While to some degree they are institution-specific, many also include a curated selection of quality online resources available to everyone. Bonus: They are regularly updated! Many universities put these together; the ones listed here cover both our institutional resources and high-quality open online material.
- CUNY Graduate Center–Subject Guides
- Research Guides by Subject Area–Columbia University Libraries
- Cornell University Library Guides–Browse by Subject
- Research Guides–Hunter College Libraries (not as much depth)
CUNY Resources and Database Subscriptions
If you need something that Hunter doesn’t have but the Graduate Center does, Lindsey will get it for you; just shoot her an e-mail.
- CUNY+ (I suggest searching via the Graduate Center because of the clean, front-page interface)
- Interlibrary Loan–Hunter & the Graduate Center (everyone now uses the same system)
- Key databases for English, Film and Media Studies, Women and Gender Studies, News and Newspapers (via Hunter College)
- Accessible Archives (via the Graduate Center, through 6th October only) (19th century American periodicals)
- Ebrary (via Hunter College) (45,000 academic e-books)
- ACLS Humanities E-books (via Hunter College) (3,000 academic e-books)
- All available databases at Hunter
- All available databases at the Graduate Center
Syllabi Repositories and Online Courses
Chances are, if it’s a good resource, someone has used it in the classroom! Syllabi repositories and online courses can give us a good sense of what other professional researchers think is the most relevant material on any given topic. Look for both courses dedicated to your specific topic, and survey courses which may touch on your project more broadly.
Many academic departments now use their web sites to archive their syllabi; this list is a good starting point but it is not exhaustive. Look particularly for graduate courses, which may have more secondary sources listed in the syllabus.
- University of Oregon English Department (has material for all three of you)
- Clemson University Syllabus Repository
- Teaching College Literature
- Chaminade University Syllabus Repository
- UCSB English Wiki
- Jack Lynch’s links (some may be out of date)
- UC-Berkeley Podcast Lectures (some great ones on film in here)
- MIT OpenCourseWare
- OpenLearn at The Open University
- Open Yale Courses
- iTunes U (Stanford is one example, but many schools have contributed content to this resource)
No one does quality research in a vacuum–and this is as much true for faculty as it is for students. Many academics were (for better or worse) early adopters of the listserv; the archives remain useful places to trace questions and get informal answers. Academic blogs are where some of the most forward-thinking researchers in any field are thinking out loud–both about their research topics of interest and providing meta-analysis about how to do quality research in the digital age. And finally, an embarrassing number of scholars are hanging out on Twitter.
- H-Net (see also H-Net’s collection of reviews of recent academic books–this is indispensable)
- HASTAC (here’s HASTAC’s list of The Best Academic Blogs)
- Networkedresearcher’s Google Doc of crowdsourced academic blogs is worth a look
- The Atlantic is also collecting academic blog recommendations
- Searching Twitter will get you up-to-the-minute conversations on your keywords
Oldies but Goodies
These meta-sites curated the academic web beginning in the 1990s; not all of their links will be up-to-date, but they remain a good place to find quality online sources. This is particularly true if you are doing research on pre-WWII literary material, but even those working with more recent primary sources should have a look.
- Voice of the Shuttle (in many ways the original; last updated approx. 2002?)
- Jack Lynch, Literary Resources on the ‘Net (last updated 2006)
- Internet Archive (still being updated, a great place to find primary sources)
Bibliography and File Management
- Zotero is amazing. Use it. With Zotero you can…
- collect & organize material from across the web–all kinds of sources
- incorporate bibliographic data about your print sources (via many of the sites in this blog post)
- create a timeline of all of your sources so that you can SEE the progression of idea
- track recent additions to see where the trends in your ideas are headed
- attach pdfs and do a FULL PDF TEXT SEARCH
- add notes that are searchable by keyword
- tag your cites (just like a tag cloud)
- share your lists as a group and build a bibliography together
- share private or group lists with the public!
- 12 Must-Know Zotero Tips
- Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) is helpful not only for storage and online collaboration, but also features a built-in “Research Tool.” This should not take the place of other research efforts but can be a helpful add-on when you’re drafting.
- The ITFs also highly recommend Scrivener, a project management tool for writing and creating; many of us are using it to organize our dissertations. If you are managing multiple writing projects or are thinking about graduate school, we think it is worth the financial investment.
These come to us courtesy amazing Lehman ITF Ben Miller.