IBS4105 – Ibsen Between Cultures

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Course content

Ibsen Between Cultures engages with a broad notion of “culture”. In the traditional sense, Ibsen Between Cultures examines the use of Ibsen’s works in a few selected cultures defined by geography / ethnicity / language. A central feature is to examine the mechanisms that are fundamental to the establishment of aesthetic hierarchies, more specifically the global forces influencing the adoption of these texts within the time frame. In addition, we look at how media culture is shaping the field of Ibsen Studies today. In addition to studying theatre, film and TV adaptations, we also study productions of Ibsen’s life and works in newer digital media such as in live online events and mobile phone applications.

The methodologies covered in this course reflect the wide range of cultural productions based on Ibsen’s works. Theories in Intercultural Performance, Media Studies and Cultural Studies as well as Digital Humanities form the theoretical foundation of the course. Technologies such as performance and text databases (e.g. IbsenStage, HIS, Multilingual Ibsen) as well as Virtual Reality throw new light on how Ibsen’s works, its reception, and his authorship can be studied across analogue and digital cultures. What can we learn about Ibsen’s dramaturgy and his sophisticated use of scenic devices when we visit Bergen’s Komediehuset—Ibsen’s workplace from 1851 to 1857—in virtual reality?

Learning outcome

  • To understand the processes of cultural transmission that involve appropriation and re-valuation;
  • To understand how digital cultures impact the field of Ibsen Studies, both in (re)presentation and research;
  • To be able to apply some of the methods and theories covered in the course in one’s own research (as reflected in final exam paper).


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor's Degree or an equivalent qualification.

Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of Ibsen's work and an ability for in-depth studies.

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, and class activities. Additional screenings and group activities are to be expected as part of the coursework.

Each student must submit three short reports (1-2 pages each) as qualifying assignments during the course. The qualifying assignments must be approved by the teacher before the student can take the final exam.

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

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Each student writes an assignment of 10 pages in length (2300 characters without spaces per page) on a topic relevant to the course content. In their assignment, students attending will be requested to develop their argument with particular reference to the syllabus provided.

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

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

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Facts about this course






Autumn 2021

This course will alternate with three other courses.


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