This course is discontinued

Course content

Courses under this heading (ENG4431-ENG4439) aim to promote the enjoyment of modern texts, to help students make informed literary responses to literary texts, and to stimulate thesis research. Texts are chosen from works that invite and richly repay academic study.

Even though the main emphasis of the individual course may be on the literary qualities of each work, the courses also often try to integrate the historical context and the wider cultural sphere. The courses may concentrate on one literary genre or include exemplary texts from a variety of genres.

Themes that fall under this heading include ENG4431 – Contemporary Poetry (discontinued), ENG4432 – Postmodernism in American fiction (discontinued), ENG4433 – Between Two Cultures: Indian Authors Who Write in English (discontinued), ENG4435 – The Lost Generation and the 1920s (discontinued), and Twentieth-century American Literature.

Learning outcome

To acquire extensive knowledge about the genre and topic studied. To develop the ability to analyse texts within their social, political and cultural context.


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the master program in literature, LAP or other suitable master programs.


Seminar, two hours per week for ten weeks. Regular attendance and active participation is required, e.g. in the form of one or more oral presentations.


A term paper of 10 standard pages (topic to be decided between teacher and student).


A portfolio consisting of a seven-page essay and a two-hour written classroom exam. See sub-course for exam details.

All written papers must be accompanied by a declaration concerning cheating Obligatorisk erklæring vedr. fusk

Language of examination


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.

Marks will be published on Studentweb no later than three weeks after the submission date/exam.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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.

Facts about this course






Irregularly; see the sub-courses for more details.

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