ENG2307 - Late 20th Century Literature in English

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Course content

According to Richard Wright, “Literature is a struggle over the nature of reality.”  In this course, we will look at the way American literature from the last six decades struggles with traditional notions of culture, identity, and human existence.  

We will read important texts from the 50s through the present day in order to examine the way in which these novels, short stories, and poetry work to reshape their readers’ conceptions of reality, and to reframe American culture in ways that are more expansive, open, and liberatory.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • have a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between literary texts and social structures;
  • know the cultural, political, and stylistic protocols of beat poetry, the black arts movement, postmodernism, and second wave feminist literature;
  • know how to read texts closely;
  • know how to read both formal and thematic aspects of texts in relationship to larger cultural and historical movements.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Admission to the course is required to attend seminars.


Seminar, two hours per week for 10 weeks, 20 hours in all.

Attendance is obligatory on 8 out of 10 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam coordinator. Read more about guidelines for obligatory activities.

All obligatory attendance and assignments are only valid the semester you attend the course.


The exam is a portfolio, which consists of a five-page essay and a two-hour classroom exam.

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submission in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

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