IBS2204 – Ibsen in Performance

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Course content

Ibsen’s dramas have been adapted into many different performance genres and media: theatre, film, TV, radio, etc. To study Ibsen in performance is very different from studying Ibsen’s works from literary approaches. The aim of this course is to introduce the theories and methodological tools that you will need to study Ibsen’s plays in performance.  In this course, you will learn to analyze any given Ibsen performance—live or in the past—from a variety of perspectives: distant reading using relevant databases, live performance analysis, theatre historiography, translation studies, interculturalism, adaptation studies and visual analysis. A range of Ibsen performances will be studied as examples to understand the application of these perspectives. The theoretical and methodological focuses may vary from semester to semester.


A standard syllabus has been produced, and this will be found on the course page for each semester. The syllabus will include a selection of Ibsen performances and theoretical texts related to the course content.

Learning outcome

To understand and apply a comprehensive set of theories and methodological tools in studying performances of Ibsen’s works.




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

Overlapping courses


This course consists of 14 units, a total of 28 hours, lasting for one semester. The form of teaching combines intensive lecture / seminar teaching, workshops, screening of performances, and class activities. Additional screenings and group activities are to be expected as preparation for coursework.

Each student must submit a 5-page (approximately 2300 characters without spaces per page) qualifying paper assigned by the teacher during the course of the seminar. The qualifying assignment must be approved by the instructor before the student can take the final exam.

Approved obligatory assignments are valid the next two times the course is given.


Each student writes an assignment of 10 pages  (2300 characters without spaces per page)

Assessment guidelines


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.

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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Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






Autumn 2020


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