ENG2302 – Early 20th Century Literature in English

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Course content

The first half of the 20th century was a turbulent and transformative period for American and British culture.  Women and men began to define themselves in very different ways, and one of the tools they used to redefine themselves was literature. 

The novels, short stories, and poetry of the early 20th century critiqued existing forms of identity, suggested new alternative forms, and provided readers with a space in which to reflect on the ways in which they might transform themselves and their surroundings. 

This course will explore some of the forms American and British literature took during the first half of the 20th century, and it will consider the continuing relevance of these texts to our contemporary situation.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • have a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between literary texts and social structures,
  • know the cultural, political, and stylistic protocols of modernism and its various literary movements,
  • can read texts closely, and know how to read both formal and thematic aspects of texts as part of larger cultural and historical movements.


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Seminars, 2 hours per week for 10 weeks. 20 hours in all.

Obligatory activity:

The allowed absence limit will cover all absences, including illness. You will not be granted valid absences with documentation, even when the absence is due to something beyond your control.

If the course has in-person teaching, and you are signed up for an in-person seminar group, you are to attend the teaching in the location found in the schedule.

If the course has digital teaching, and you are signed up for a digital seminar group, you must attend via Zoom with your camera on.

In certain circumstances, i.e. serious or chronic illness, you could apply for special needs accomodations


The obligatory activity must be approved for you to sit the exam. Fulfilled course requirements are only valid for the current semester.


The final grade is set on the basis of a written term paper (10 standard pages à 2,300 characters)

Previously given exam assignments and assessment 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.

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

For those who want to retake their exam: Since the form of assessment in this course is a term paper, you must follow the seminars and write a new paper in order to qualify. Admission depends on capacity.

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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

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