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Although literature and film are different forms of media, operating in dissimilar ways and producing various kinds of artistic effects, they are both narrative forms of communication. Both kinds of texts can be explored as not only reflecting but also producing the cultures of which they form integral parts.

Fictional texts that have been adapted into films can be productive sites for analysing a range of discourses related to ethnicity, class, gender, and other aspects of history and culture. While each of the films to be discussed will be linked to a specific novel or short story, the course starts from the premise that a film, including a film adaptation, is a remediated, aesthetic product in its own right. Identifying elements of narrative form and discussing how they function in the two media, the course explores the interface between form and content, aesthetics and ethics, in fiction and film.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • Can identify the structure and narrative techniques of both novels and film adaptations
  • Understand how the different media function as systems of narrative communication
  • Have skills in literary and cultural analysis, situating texts in relation to dominant discourses and historical and cultural contexts
  • Understand the plural values of novels and films and how these values are presented


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Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English. The students should have taken at least 10 ECTS in English literature/culture.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4366 – Fiction and Film


Seminars, 2 hours per week for 12 weeks. 24 hours in all.

Obligatory activities:

  • Attendance at least 9 out of 12 seminars.  Additional absences must be justified by documentation. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absence or postponements here. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
  • A first draft of the term paper turned in by a stated deadline.

Both obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester for you to sit the exam. Fulfilled course requirements are only valid for the current semester.


The form of assessment is a term paper of 10–12 standard pages (a standard page consists of 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.

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

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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Autumn 2019


Autumn 2019

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