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Course content

This is an introductory course in reception studies. The course will involve close readings of primary texts and investigations into their historical reception. This will be combined with discussions of key theoretical contributions to the field. Working from the premise that all texts are historically situated and acquire new meanings in new contexts, we will explore the reception history of a number of different texts from different historical periods.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • developed an awareness of how texts always appear in particular historic and material forms;
  • learned how to understand more of the multiple lives of texts;
  • developed critical and analytical skills through encountering the changes of meaning that texts are exposed to when they appear in new contexts, be it diachronically (historically) and/or synchronically (across national borders and in new languages).


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

The students must have taken at least 10 study points in literature/culture, preferably ENG1303 – British Literature / ENG1304 – American Literature / ENG1505 – British Civilisation / NORAM1506 – American Civilization, an introduction (continued) or equivalent.

Recommended previous knowledge

Good abilities in English, both spoken and written.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4369 – Reception Studies (discontinued)


Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.

Attendance is an obligatory class requirement (80%). Additional absences must be justified (please contact the exam coordinator.

Each student must hand in an essay of about 5 pages (approximately 11.500 characters) by a certain date. The student will receive feedback on this essay, and it has to be approved by the teacher for the student to be able to sit for the exam.


The final evaluation will be based on a three-day home exam.

You must submit your paper in Fronter. Read more about submission procedures

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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 on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

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.

Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.

Special examination arrangements

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

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