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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 and sometimes resisting the cultures from which they come. Fictional texts that have been adapted into films can be productive sites for analyzing discourses related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, species, and environment at particular historical and cultural moments. This course explores these kinds of issues in the context of cultural studies and critical theory, while also paying attention to genre conventions and elements of narrative form.

The topic for Autumn 2021 is Dystopian Texts and Cultural Critique

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • understand how to connect novels and film adaptations to critical and theoretical debates related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, species, and environment;
  • have developed skills in literary and cultural analysis, building from close reading to situating texts in relation to dominant discourses and historical and cultural contexts;
  • can identify and discuss formal aspects of both novels and film adaptations;
  • understand how novels and films can be situated in relation to various genres and narrative conventions.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

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. 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 10 weeks. 20 hours in all.

  • Due to new Covid-19 regulations, this course will be taught in person on campus. If you have any special circumstances that may require a digital option, contact the administration.
  • Attendance is not required, but strongly recommended.

Obligatory activity:

  • Canvas posts and online activities for each seminar, completed within a given deadline (minimum 8 of 10). Requirements and details to be distributed during the course.

Fulfilled course requirements are only valid for the current semester.

Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absence or postponements here.



The final grade is set on the basis of a written term paper of 6-8 standard pages (2,300 characters each, not counting Works Cited; 60% of the grade), and a short take-home exam (2 hours; 40% of the grade). Requirements and details to be distributed during the course.

It is required to pass both parts of the exam individually, and both parts must be taken in the same semester.

Previously given exam assignments and assessment guidelines

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submission in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit 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)

Facts about this course






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