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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

Admission to master program in literature or LAP.

Recommended previous knowledge

Good abilities in English, both spoken and written.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2329 – 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).


The exam is a term paper of 10 standard pages. Students will have an opportunity to receive comments on drafts of their papers. The term paper is the basis for the mark in this course.

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

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 result can be found at 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.

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.

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