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Course content

Discussing a selection of literary texts and film adaptations of these texts, this course gives an introduction to problems, and possibilities, concerning the transition from literary fiction to fiction presented through the medium of film.

Although literature and film are very different media, operating in dissimilar ways and producing various kinds of artistic effect, they are both narrative forms of communication. Thus, narrative theory forms a theoretical basis for discussion not only of the literary texts but of the corresponding film versions as well.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • acquired a good general understanding of the relationship between narrative fiction and film
  • developed skills in analyzing the structure and narratice techniques of novels
  • developed skills in analyzing the structure and narratice techniques of film adaptations
  • learned to understand how and why filmic versions differ from their literary sources
  • learned to understand why and how films must be evaluated in accordance with the laws and conventions of its own medium even if they happen to be ‘based on’ literary texts


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Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2326 - Fiction and Film


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

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

Students must turn in an essay of 5 standard pages (2000 words) by a stated deadline during the semester.

All movies will be shown during the semester, but not during regular seminar teaching. This is not obligatory, but strongly recommended. See schedule for details.


The evaluation is based on a three day take-home exam. You are required to write 6 pages minimum (2400 words)/ 10
pages (4000 words) maximum. This does not include references and bibliography.

You must submit your paper in Fronter. Read more about submission procedures

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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.

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

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






This course is offered irregularly

Teaching language