This course is discontinued

ENG4450 – Author Studies

Course content

The courses under this heading (ENG4451-ENG4459) focus on one or, more often, several works by a single author. Through this concentration on the works of a single author, the courses aim at a deeper understanding of the works that have been selected. The courses aim to develop the students’ analytical and critical awareness in their encounters with literary texts. Texts are chosen from works that invite and richly repay academic study.

Authors studied under this heading include ENG4451 – Virginia Woolf: Fiction and Essays (discontinued), ENG4452 – Reading Dickens: Texts and afterlives (discontinued), ENG4453 – Jane Austen: Text and Context (discontinued), Oscar Wilde, Toni Morrison, Henry James, Eudora Welty, Joseph Conrad, Tennessee Williams and James Baldwin.

Learning outcome

To acquire extensive knowledge about the author studied and his/her literary works. To develop the ability to analyse texts within their social, political and cultural context.


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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).

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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