- Provides a lively, rigorous, and clearly written account of key moments in the history of the novel from Don Quixote and Robinson Crusoe up to Lolita and One Hundred Years of Solitude
- Includes diversity of topics and titles, such as Fielding, Nabokov, and Cervantes in adaptations by Welles, Kubrick, and the French New Wave
- Emphasizes both the literary texts themselves and their varied transtextual film adaptations
- Examines numerous literary trends – from the self-conscious novel to magic realism – before exploring the cinematic impact of the movement
- Reinvigorates the field of adaptation studies by examining it through the grid of contemporary theory
- Brings novels and film adaptations into the age of multiculturalism, postcoloniality, and the Internet by reflecting on their contemporary relevance.
1. A Cervantic Prelude: From Don Quixote to Postmodernism.
2. Colonial and Postcolonial Classics: From Robinson Crusoe to Survivor.
3. The Self-Conscious Novel: From Henry Fielding to David Eggers.
4. The Proto-cinematic Novel: Metamorphoses of Madame Bovary.
5. Underground Man and Neurotic Narrators: From Dostoevsky to Nabakov.
6. Modernism, Adaptation, and the French New Wave.
7. Full Circle: From Cervantes to Magic Realism.