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IBS3102 – Henrik Ibsen’s oeuvre in the perspective of its reception history

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Course content

Ibsen’s oeuvre has both a literary and a theatrical reception history, and has furthermore both inspired and adapted to the expressive form of new media such as the cinema and television. This course gives a presentation of the staging history of two of Ibsen’s most popular dramas, including their reception history among literary critics and academics.Ibsen’s literary influence is studied in works by James Joyce, Eugene O`neill and other representative authors.

The aim of this course is to show how Ibsen’s status as a classic comes to light through the plays’ capacity for influence and renewal. Film adaptations will also be considered.

Learning outcome

To provide insight into Ibsen’s reception and adaptation history, in literature, on the stage and in new media, with a focus on different performance traditions.


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The course is given jointly with IBS4102 – Henrik Ibsen’s oeuvre in the perspective of its reception history and the course has duration of one semester, combining intensive seminar teaching and regular weekly courses with exercises in groups to a total of 28 hours.

One obligatory assignment is to be written at home during the course chosen from an inventory of seminar relevant topics or formulated by the individual student. The title of the assignment is subject to the approval of the course teacher.

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


Three-day written home examination.

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

No examination support material is allowed.

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

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Each student writes an assignment 10 pages in length (approx. 20,000 characters). The assignment is assessed and graded by the subject teacher.

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