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Discussing a selection of literary texts and film adaptations of these texts, this course gives an introduction to problems, and possibilities, concerning the transition from literary fiction to fiction presented through the medium of film.

Although literature and film are very different media, operating in dissimilar ways and producing various kinds of artistic effect, they are both narrative forms of communication. Thus, narrative theory forms a theoretical basis for discussion not only of the literary texts but of the corresponding film versions as well.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • acquired a good general understanding of the relationship between narrative fiction and film
  • developed skills in analyzing the structure and narratice techniques of novels
  • developed skills in analyzing the structure and narratice techniques of film adaptations
  • learned to understand how and why filmic versions differ from their literary sources
  • learned to understand why and how films must be evaluated in accordance with the laws and conventions of its own medium even if they happen to be ‘based on’ literary texts


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Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2326 – Fiction and Film


Seminar, two hours per week for 10 weeks, 20 hours in all.

Obligatory activity:

  • Attendance is obligatory 8 out of 10 seminars. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements here.
  • Students must turn in a first draft of the term paper by a stated deadline during the semester.

All obligatory attendance and assignments are only valid the semester you attend the course.

All movies will be shown during the semester, but not during regular seminar teaching. This is not obligatory, but strongly recommended. See schedule for details.


The form of assessment is a term paper of 12–15 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). References and bibliography comes in addition.

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

You must do all obligatory activities, including attendance, in this course again if you want to qualify to re-take the exam. 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






Autumn 2018

This course is offered irregularly


Autumn 2018

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