NOR1403 – Norwegian World Literature

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

The course is specifically designed for foreign students interested in an introduction to Norwegian authors and works that can be said to have achieved a position of note in the international literary canon.

The syllabus will consist of a selection of texts read in English translation covering several genres, as well as a survey of literary history and supplementary readings relating to the works studied.

We require at least 5 attending students in order to teach this course.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to perform the following in English:

  • Analyze literary texts from cultural, historical and aesthetic perspectives.
  • Compare literary texts based on thematic and aesthetic criteria.
  • Contextualize Norwegian literary works that have entered the canon of world literature in terms of Norwegian history, literary history, and culture.
  • Critically discuss the concept of “world literature” thro​​ugh writing and oral presentations.

The final grade reflects the extent to which the student has attained the course learning outcomes.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Completion of at least one course in literary studies is recommended.


Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in total.
Each student will present one short paper about 5 pages (á 2300 characters) in length, during the course of the seminar. The papers 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.


The final exam consists of an oral 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

Resit an examination

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.


Course evaluations.

Facts about this course

Every autumn

Every autumn, but not in 2020 or 2021.

Every autumn

Every autumn, but not in 2020 or 2021.

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