Students will read three texts in full – one play and two novels. These are:

  • Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House. (1879)
    • Translations by Erik Skuggevik are preferred – Penguin Classics, 2016  [ISBN 978-0141194561] – but other English translations acceptable.
  • Petterson, Per. Out Stealing Horses. (2003)
    • Vintage Press, 2006 [ISBN 978-0099506133 (UK edition)] or Picador Press, 2008 [978-0312427085 (US edition)]
  • Vesaas, Tarjei. The Birds.
    • (Available for loan at the ISS Office for all students.)

Students can purchase the texts A Doll’s House and Out Stealing Horses in Norway either at Akademika, the University of Oslo bookstore on the Blindern campus, or at a bookstore in the city. Note that book prices in Norway can be high, so students may want to shop for the best price at home and buy the books before their arrival in Norway. All students must have the course texts at the start of the course.


Course readers (compendia) consisting of selected poems, short stories, excerpts, and articles will be available on the first day of class, free of charge. The course compendium includes these texts:

  • Andersen, Claus Elholm. “Knausgård/Kierkegaard: The Journey Towards the Ethical in Karl Ove Knausgård’s My Struggle.” Scandinavica 53.2 (2014): 29-52. (article)
  • Fosse, Jon. “Waves of Stone.” Best European Fiction Trans. Kerri A. Pierce. Ed. Aleksandar Hemon. London: Dalkey Archive Press, 2010. 213-221
  • Fosse, Jon. Someone Is Going to Come. Trans. Gregory Motton. London: Oberon Books, 2002. ss. 11-36.
  • Greenwald, Roger. “Introduction.” North in the World. Selected Poems of Rolf Jacobsen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002. 13-28
  • Hamsun, Knut. Hunger. New York: Penguin, 1998. 3-29
  • Hermundsgård, Frode. Child of the Earth. Terjei Vesaas and Scandinavian Primitivism. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1989. 82-97
  • Hjorth, Vigdis. A House in Norway. Trans. Charlotte Barslund. London: Norvik Press, 2017. 9-34
  • Jacobsen, Rolf. “Poems”. The Silence Afterwards. Selected Poems of Rolf Jacobsen. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985. 19, 45, 113, 193, 227, 243
  • Knausgaard, Karl Ove. My Struggle: Book One. Brooklyn: Archipelago Books, 2012. 7-45
  • Knirk, James E. “Chapter 1: Old Norwegian Literature” A History of Norwegian Literature. Ed. Harald Næss. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993. 7-16.
  • Marstein, Trude. “Deep Need – Instant Nausea.” The Norwegian Feeling for Real. London: Harvill Press, 2005. 177-180
  • Meyhoff, Karsten Wind. “Digging into the Secrets of the Past: Rewriting History in the Modern Scandinavian Police Procedural.” Scandinavian Crime Fiction Ed. Andrew Nestingen & Paula Arvas. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011. 62-73
  • Moe, Jørgen & Asbjørnsen, Peter Christen. “Folktales” Norwegian Folk Tales. From the Collection of Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe. Oslo: Dreyers forlag, 1960. 1-26.
  • Nesbø, Jo. The Redbreast. New York: Harper, 2000. 45-85
  • Obstfelder, Sigbjørn. “Jeg ser. / I look.” Anthology of Norwegian Lyrics. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1942. 1-2
  • Parr, Maria. Astrid the Unstoppable. London: Walker Books, 2017 ss. 11-53
  • Sandel, Cora. “A Mystery.” Selected Short Stories Seattle: Seal Press, 1985. 114-129.
  • Sjåvik, Jan I. “Chapter 7: Norwegian Literature 1950” A History of Norwegian Literature. Ed. Harald Næss. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993. 277-295
  • Skram, Amalie. “Karen’s Christmas.” Slaves of Love and Other Norwegian Short Stories. Ed. James McFarland & Janet Garton. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. 9-15.
  • Solbakken, Elisabeth. “Women in Norwegian Literature and Society.” Redefining Integrity. Bern: Peter Lang, 1992. 37-43.
  • Sturlasson, Snorre. “Hávamál” i Elder Edda. 13-27.
  • Sturlasson, Snorre. “Rigsthula” Elder Edda. 1-4.
  • Tønnessen, Elise Seip. “Except from Chapter 5: Trends in Norwegian Literature” Norway: Society and Culture. Ed. Eva Maagerø & Birte Simonsen. Kristiansand: Portal forlag, 2005. 78-94.
  • Ullmann, Linn. Before You Sleep. Trans. Tiina Nunnally. New York: Penguin, 1999. 1-37.
  • Undset, Sigrid. Kristin Lavransdatter. Trans. Tiina Nunnally. New York: Penguin Books, 2005. 1-2, 5-21, 1125-1126
  • Vars, Ellen Marie. “Boarding School.” Echo: Scandinavian Stories about Girls. Seattle: Women in Translation, 2000. 134-142
  • Vesaas, Terjei. Through Naked Branches. Selected Poems of Tarjei Vesaas. Ed. Roger Greenwald. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000. 65, 89, 101, 115


Berguson, Claudia. “Arrested in Parody: The Performance of Erlend Nikulaussøn in Kristin Lavransdatter.” Scandinavian Studies 83.1 (Spring 2011): 117-142. (article)

Boeninger, Stephanie Pocock. “Teacups and Butter: The Importance of Eating in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and The Wild Duck” Modern Drama 57.4 (Winter 2014): 451-468. (article)

Kuokkanen, Rauna. “‘Survivance’ in Sami and First Nations Boarding School Narratives: Reading Novels by Kerttu Vuolab and Shirley Sterling.” American Indian Quarterly 27.3-7 (Summer-Autumn 2003): 697-726. (article)

Moi, Toril. “‘First and Foremost a Human Being”: Idealism, Theatre, and Gender in A Doll’s House” Modern Drama 49.3 (Fall 2006): 256-284. (article)

Nikolajeva, Maria. “Recent Trends in Children's Literature Research: Return to the Body.” International Research in Children's Literature. 9.2 (2016): 132-145. (article)

Nunnally, Tiina. “Removing the Grime from Scandinavian Classics: Translation as art restoration.” World Literature Today 80.5 (Sept-Oct 2006): 38-42. (article)

O’Leary, Margaret Hayford. «Chapter 7: Language and Literature» Culture and Customs of Norway. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2010. 97-120. (e-book)

Rees, Ellen. “By the Open Sea: Ibsen’s Fruen fra havet and Fosse’s Nokon kjem til å komme.” Ibsen Studies 11.2 (2011): 192-222. (article)

Sabo, Anne. “The Status of Sexuality, Pornography, and Morality in Norway Today: Are the Critics Ready for Bjørneboe’s Joyful Inversion of Mykle’s Guilt Trip?” NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research 13.1 (2005): 36-47. (article)

Sandberg, Mark. “Writing on the Wall: The Language of Advertising in Knut Hamsun’s Sult” Scandinavian Studies 71.3 (Fall 1999): 265-296. (article)

Simonsen, Peter. “Per Petterson and Kirsten Thorup’s Fictions of Old Age Well-Being in the Welfare State.” Scandinavica: An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies 50.1 (2011): 27-46. (article)

Wilson, Catherine. “Capability and Language in the Novels of Tarjei Vesaas.” Philosophy and Literature 27.1 (April 2003): 21-39. (article)

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