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Course content

Although literature and film are different forms of media, operating in dissimilar ways and producing various kinds of artistic effects, they are both narrative forms of communication. Both kinds of texts can be explored as not only reflecting but also producing the cultures from which they come.

Fictional texts that have been adapted into films can be productive sites for analyzing discourses related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and species at particular historical and cultural moments.

This course explores these kinds of issues in the context of cultural studies and critical theory, while also paying attention to genre conventions and elements of narrative form. Texts and themes may vary each time the course is taught.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • understand how to connect novels and film adaptations to critical and theoretical debates related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and species,
  • have skills in literary and cultural analysis, situating texts in relation to dominant discourses and historical and cultural contexts
  • can identify the structure and narrative techniques of both novels and film adaptations,
  • understand how novels and films can be situated in relation to various genres and narrative Conventions.


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 ENG4366 - Fiction and Film


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 assignments are only valid the semester you attend the course.


The exam form is a portfolio, which consists of a 5-page paper and a 2-hour classroom exam. The paper must be at least 5 full pages, not counting the works cited. A detailed assignment sheet with requirements for the paper will also be given out in class.

Previously given exam assignments

Submit assignments in Inspera

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

Examination support material

English–English dictionary.

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

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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