ENG4301 - Literary Theory in English
The purpose of this course is to increase your knowledge of the history and current status of dominant theories related to literary and cultural studies. The course emphasizes major contemporary trends, such as:
- feminist and queer theory
- postcolonial and critical race studies
- psychoanalytic and Marxist theory
- the historical progression from new criticism to structuralism, deconstruction, new historicism, and various forms of poststructuralist literary and cultural studies
After completing this course, you;
- know key theoretical approaches and methodologies within critical studies of literature in English
- know how literary and cultural studies have developed historically, particularly within the past Century
- understand how literary and cultural theory can be applied to texts of various kinds, preparing you for papers you will write for other courses as well as your MA thesis
- are familiar with some of the central questions and debates that are essential to literary and cultural studies today
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.
Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
5 credits overlap with ENG4310 - Literary Theory in English (continued)
Seminar, two hours per week for 10 weeks, 20 hours in all.
Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation given to the exam coordinator. Read more about guidelines relating to obligatory activities.
All obligatory assignments are only valid the semester you attend the course.
The exam form is a portfolio, which consists of a 7-page paper and a 2-hour classroom exam. The paper must be at least 7 full pages, not counting the Works Cited. A detailed assignment sheet with requirements for the paper will also be given out in class.
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
Examination support material
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
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
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.
If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, 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.