IBS4102 – Henrik Ibsen’s oeuvre in the perspective of its reception history

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Course content

Ibsen’s oeuvre has a literary, theatrical and media reception history. This course gives a presentation of the reception history of two of Ibsen’s most popular dramas, including their stage history, critical reception, and adaptations to other media and art forms.

Additionally, Ibsen’s literary influence is studied in works by representative literary authors. The aim of this course is to demonstrate the capacity for influence and renewal in Ibsen’s plays through processes of reception and adaptation, and to explore their status as “classics” in the Norwegian and world literary canons.

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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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.

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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent qualification.

Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of Ibsen’s works and ability to carry out in-depth studies.


Classes are given throughout the semester and consist of a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar each week, 28 hours in total.

Each student must sumbit a short 5-page (approximately 2300 characters without spaces per page) qualifying paper assigned by the instructor 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 is required to write and submit an assignment 10 pages in length (approx. 2300 characters without spaces per page) on a topic relevant to the course content.

Submission 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

No examination support material is allowed.

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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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

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Spring 2021

The course will alternate with three other courses


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