ENG2324 – Homotextuality: Gay and Lesbian Literature

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Course content

This is an introductory course in English-language literature written by, about, or for gay men and lesbians in the twentieth century. We will study a variety of representations of homosexuality in a selection of novels, short stories, plays, and essays. The course will also cover literature on other identities within the LGBTQ spectrum, such as bisexuality, asexuality and/or transgender identities.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • know about gay and lesbian literature, its themes, periodization, and narrative techniques,
  • know how gay and lesbian identity has developed in the twentieth century, and have some knowledge of other types of LGBTQ identities,
  • can analyze literary texts that focus on (homo)sexuality and other forms of LGBTQ experience.


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


Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4364 – Homotextuality: Gay and Lesbian Literature


Seminars, 2 hours weekly for 14 weeks. 28 hours in all.

For spring 2022, attendance is not required, but highly recommended.

You prepare to the seminars by studying the primary texts and completing assignments either given in the seminars or posted in Canvas. All handouts in connection with the course will be available in Canvas.


The form of assessment is a 3–day home examination.

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.

The results will be found in Studentweb within 3 weeks after the examination.

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.


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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Every spring

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