ANT4301 – Modern Literary Theories and Ancients texts

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Course content

Knowledge of the most important literary theories is an undispensable tool in literary studies, regardless of period and area of specialisation. This course provides an insight into the most important modern literary theories (such as e.g. Structuralism, Narratology, Intertextuality, Deconstruction, New Historicism, Postcolonialism) and their possible application to the interpretation of ancient texts.

Learning outcome

  • overview of the most important modern literary theories
  • to understand, classifiy and evaluate both theoretical texts that deal with theoretical questions, and critical reading which uses modern literary theory for the interpretation of ancient texts
  • to use this knowledge and these skills for your own interpretation of ancient texts
  • to communicate this knowledge and these skills in written and oral form, also in dialogue with subjects outside your own field


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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.

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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

You must have a minimum of 60 ECTS in either Greek or Latin to take this course.


The teaching is given as seminars throughout the semester (14 double lessons).

In order to be able to sit for examination, the teacher must approve (accept as satisfactory) your compulsory tuition activity:

  • outline for semester essay (approx 1 page, 2300 characters per page). 
  • regular attendence and active participation at the seminars (minimum 10 of 14 times, requests for dispensation will not be dealt with)
  • weekly preparation of texts (primary and secondary literature)
  • oral presentation of a modern literary theory


Seminar paper on a Greek or Latin text passage in connection with a modern literary theory, both to be chosen autonomously.

Your paper has to include your own translation of your chosen Greek or Latin text, together with a small commentary. The paper should be 8-10 pages long, 2300 characters per page, excl. bibliography and appendixes (Greek text, translation, commentary).

All compulsory activities must have been approved by the teacher before you can sit for 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.

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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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.

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Autumn 2015


Autumn 2015

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