IBS4204 – 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.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

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.

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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent qualification.

Recommended previous knowledge

A fundamental knowledge of Ibsen’s literary production.

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.

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 additional syllabus provided.


Grading 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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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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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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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Autumn 2020


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