This course is replaced by ENG4301 – Literary Theory in English.

ENG4310 – Literary Theory in English

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Course content

This course offers an overview of major trends within literary theory of the twentieth century, such as New Criticism, structuralism, deconstruction, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, queer theory, Marxism, postcolonial theory, and critical race theory.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • increased your theoretical awareness before writing your master`s
    thesis by having been introduced to a selection of critical approaches and methodologies.
  • developed a better understanding of central developments within
    literary theory in the twentieth century and up until today.


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 European and American Literature Studies program or LeP.


Seminar. Taught throughout the first half of the semester with 2 hours per week, for 7 weeks, 14 hours in all.

Attendance is obligatory at least 5 out of 7 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation given to the exam coordinator. Read more about guidelines relating to obligatory activities.


The assessment of the course is based on three-day take-home exam. You are required to write 3 pages minimum (1200 words)/ 6 pages (2000 words) maximum. This does not include Works Cited.

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

Previous exams:

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Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after completing 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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


Feedback from our students is essential if we are to provide the best possible education. As a student at the University of Oslo you will be asked to participate in various types of evaluation of our courses. Every time a course is given, we ask students to participate in mid-term evaluations, and periodically we ask them to participate in periodic evaluation of the course.

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