Syllabus/achievement requirements


Bergen, Norway

Where do I buy the course readings?

Some of the course readings are available for download, while others need to be purchased.

At the campus bookstore (Akademika bookstore), you can purchase the course reader and most of the literary works (see the syllabus below for more information). Akademika bookstore is located at the centre of Blindern campus, in Kristian Ottesens hus (see campus map or Google Maps). 

Other ways of buying course readings:

  • You may buy the literary works in your home country and bring them with you. Ensure, though, that you get the recommended edition.
  • You may also consider buying the books from online bookstores that sell used books. 

Complete list of course readings

Books (incl. drama)

The following books can be purchased at the campus bookstore:

  • Christensen, Lars Saabye. 2007. The Model. Translated by Don Bartlett. London: Arcadia Books Ltd. (240 pp.) NB: You may have to buy this as an e-book, or used.
  • Fosse, Jon. 2004. Someone Is Going to Come. In: Plays One (Someone is Going to Come, The Name, The Guitar Man, The Child). Translated by Gregory Motton. London: Oberon Books.
  • Hamsun, Knut. 2016. Hunger. Translated by Sverre Lyngstad. Introduction by Jo Nesbø. Afterword by Paul Auster. Edinburgh: Canongate. (261 pp.)
  • Hjorth, Vigdis. 2017. A House in Norway. Translated by Charlotte Barslund. London: Norvik Press. ISBN 9781909408319. (175 pp.)
  • Ibsen, Henrik. 2006. A Doll House and The Wild Duck. In: Four Major Plays, Vol. 1 (A Doll House, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder). Translated by Rolf Fjelde; introduction by Joan Templeton. New York: Penguin, Signet Classics, Mass Market Paperback. ISBN 9780451530226
  • Skram, Amalie. 2014. Lucie. Translated by Katherine Hanson and Judith Messick. Norvik Press. ISBN 9781909408081 (170 pp.)

In the course reader (compendium)

Primary texts
  • Asbjørnsen, Peter Christen and Jørgen Moe, 1960: Norwegian Folk Tales, New York: Pantheon Books. Pat Shaw’s Introduction (pp. 5-8), "The Princess Who Always Had to Have the Last Word" (pp. 77-80), “The Ash Lad Who Had an Eating Match with the Troll” (pp. 81-83), "The Old Woman Against the Stream" (p. 112-14), “Squire Per” (p. 122-27), “White-Bear-King-Valemon” (pp. 150-57), “Gudbrand of the Hillside” (pp. 178-81). (Total: 32 pages).
  • Askildsen, Kjell. 1994. A Sudden Liberating Thought. Translated by Sverre Lyngstad. Norwich: Norvik Press. “Carl Lange” (pp. 154-75) and “Carl” (pp. 189-91). (Total: 25 pages).
  • Sandel, Cora. 1985. Selected Short Stories. Translated by Barbara Wilson. Seattle: The Seal Press. «The Child Who Loved Roads» (pp. 5-15), «The Ways of Love” (16-21). (Total: 17 pages).
    Secondary texts

    Rem, Tore (2006): “Ibsen as World Literature: Matters for Exploration“, The Living Ibsen. Proceedings–The 11th International Ibsen Conference, 21-27 August 2006, edited by Frode Helland et alOslo: Unipub/Centre for Ibsen Studies,13-19 (7 pp.)

    Storfjell, Troy. 2004. “Jon Fosse,” In: Tanya Tresher (ed.) Twentieth Century Norwegian Writers. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Colombia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman, pp. 95-101 (Total: 7 pages)

Primary texts (Online source)

Hagerup, Inger. «Emily Dickinson». In Terje Johanessen (ed.). 1984. 20 Contemporary Norwegian Poets.

Hauge, Olav H. “The River Across the Fjord”, “You Were the Wind”. In Terje Johanessen (ed.) 1984. 20 Contemporary Norwegian Poets.

Hauge, Olav H. “It’s the Dream”.

Jacobsen, Rolf: "Marsh Grasses Sway”. In Terje Johanessen (ed.). 1984. 20 Contemporary Norwegian Poets.

Løveid, Cecilie: “Rye”. In Terje Johanessen (ed.). 1984. 20 Contemporary Norwegian Poets.

Mehren, Stein: “Mother, We Were a Heavy Burden”. In Terje Johanessen (ed.). 1984. 20 Contemporary Norwegian Poets.

Vesaas, Halldis Moren: “The Other Forest”. In Terje Johanessen (ed.). 1984. 20 Contemporary Norwegian Poets.

Vold, Jan Erik: “Thor Heyerdahl’s Mother". In: Terje Johanessen (ed.). 1984. 20 Contemporary Norwegian Poets.

Secondary texts (Online source)

Felcht, Frederike. 2018. “'Sult' and the transnational literary history of hunger,” TijdSchrift voor Skandinavistiek, 36(2): 149-54 (6 pp.)

Klok, Janke. 2010. “Revolutionary Voices. Nordic Women Writers and the Development of Female Urban Prose 1860-1900,” Feminist Review 96(1): 74-88 (15 pp.)

Langås, Unni. 2005. What Did Nora Do? Thinking Gender with A Doll's House,” Ibsen Studies 5(2): 148-71 (24 pp.)

Oxfeldt, Elisabeth, Andrew Nestingen, and Peter Simonsen. 2017. “The Happiest People on Earth? Scandinavian Narratives of Guilt and Discontent.” Scandinavian Studies. 429-446(17 pp.) (download here)

Puchner, Martin. 2013. “Goethe, Marx, Ibsen and the Creation of a World Literature”. Ibsen Studies 13:1, pp. 28-46. DOI: 10.1080/15021866.2013.782627 (18 pp.) (download here)

Sandberg, Mark B. 1999. “Writing on the Wall: The Language of Advertising in Knut Hamsun’s Sult”, Scandinavian Studies 71:3, pp. 265-96. (21 pp.) (download here)

Shepherd-Barr, Kirsten. 2006. “Ibsen’s Globalism” in Ibsen Studies 6:2, pp. 188-198. DOI: 10.1080/15021860601068968 (10 pp.) (download here)



Rolf Jacobsen. 2015. «Landscape with Steam Shovels». In: North In the World. Selected Poems by Rolf Jacobsen. Translated by Roger Greenwald. University of Chicago Press.

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