ENG2333 – Multicultural Literature in English

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Course content

This course is an examination of modern and contemporary English literature through the lens of multiculturalism.

The focus of the course will change from semester to semester, foregrounding different sets of literary texts by writers concerned with issues of race, identity, and the multicultural dynamics of the English-language world.

Possible topics include:

  • Race and sexuality
  • First Peoples’ literature and cultures
  • Jazz and African American literature
  • Cultural politics
  • Immigration and literature
  • Asian American literature
  • Hispanic literature and culture

We will read a variety of literary genres, including novels, plays and creative non-fiction, by writers who are concerned with issues of colonialism, race, language and identity within multicultural societies. Some of the important questions we will address are:

  • What are the concerns of so-called “ethnic” writers in contemporary cultures of the English-language world?
  • What is the relationship between identity politics and literature?
  • How can we use critical race analysis as a part of literary study?

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • will have knowledge of English-language literature by analyzing texts written by authors who openly challenge the literary canon, and who furthermore acknowledge the race and class divisions at the heart of English-language cultures.
  • will have an understanding of the relationship between politics, identity, and the place of literature in a range of contemporary English-language societies.


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.

Admission to the course is required to attend seminars.


Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended students have taken at least 10 ECTS in literature/culture, preferably ENG1303 – British Literature/ENG1304 – American Literature or equivalent. The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4373 – Multicultural Literature in English


Seminars, 2 hours per week for 14 weeks. 28 hours in total.

Obligatory activities:

  • Attendance at least 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements here. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
  • An essay of 5 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters) turned in by a stated deadline.

Both obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester for you to sit the exam. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.


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

Previously given exams 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

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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