ENG2323 - Women Writing: Feminist Fiction in English

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Course content

This is a course in English-language feminist fiction from the nineteenth and/or twentieth century. Students will study a selection of novels and/or short stories that focus on women’s lives and reflect on what it means to be a woman and a feminist from various sexual, racial, class, and national perspectives.

The course will consider the development and thematics of feminist fiction and its contribution to the development of new narrative techniques.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • know some of the developments, themes, and narrative strategies of English-language feminist fiction.
  • can analyse literary texts through the perspective of gender.
  • know the central points of a selection of feminist theory, and can use it as a context for reading literary texts.


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English. The students should have taken at least 10 ECTS in English literature/culture.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4363 - Women Writing: Feminist Fiction in English


Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.

Attendance is obligatory 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam coordinator.

You may either write a qualification essay (between 1 500 and 2 000 words), or apply to make a 10-minute presentation during the student symposium at the Literature and Rights symposium. Your presentation should be on a subject within the course syllabus, as well as on the general theme of literature and rights. If there are more applications than available presentation slots, applications will be chosen at random, and those not chosen will write a qualification essay as usual instead. Like students writing qualification essays, students who give presentations will have the chance to submit a draft paper beforehand for feedback. Students who give presentations will be informed of whether their presentation has been approved after the symposium.

Your qualifying paper or oral presentation must be accepted by the teacher in order for you to hand in your exam.


Evaluation is based on a three-day take-home exam.

The assignment will be published in Inspera, and the final paper must be submitted in Inspera as well.

Previous exams

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.

The results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.

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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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)

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018


Autumn 2018

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