ENG4364 – Homotextuality: Gay and Lesbian Literature

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Course content

This is an introductory course in English-language literature written by, about, or for gay men and lesbians in the twentieth century. We will study a variety of representations of homosexuality in a selection of novels, short stories, plays, and essays. The course will also cover literature on other identities within the LGBTQ spectrum, such as bisexuality, asexuality and/or transgender identities.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • know about gay and lesbian literature, its themes, periodization, and narrative techniques,
  • know how gay and lesbian identity has developed in the twentieth century, and have some knowledge of other types of LGBTQ identities,
  • can analyze literary texts that focus on (homo)sexuality and other forms of LGBTQ experience.
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Admission

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.

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2324 – Homotextuality: Gay and Lesbian Literature

Teaching

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

Obligatory activities:

  • Attendance is obligatory at least 11 out of 14 seminars. 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.

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

You prepare by studying the primary texts and completing assignments either given in the seminars or posted in Canvas. All handouts in connection with the course will be available in Canvas.

Examination

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

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.

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.

Evaluation

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

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Autumn 2019

This course is offered irregularly.

Examination

Autumn 2019

Teaching language

English