Norway, Oslo

Norwegian Literature

when 28 June 2010 - 5 August 2010
duration 6 weeks
credits 9.9 EC
fee USD 3635

The course provides a comprehensive survey of the development of Norwegian literature from its Old Norse origins to the present day,beginning with poetry and sagas from Old Norse literature, ballads and folk tales from medieval literature, as well as writings from the Age of Enlightenment (e.g. Ludvig Holberg). The main emphasis is, however, on 19th and 20th century literary achievement: Henrik IbsenÕs plays, novels by Knut Hamsun, Sigrid Undset and Tarjei Vesaas, and poems by Henrik Wergeland and Rolf Jacobsen, as well as works by contemporary writers (e.g. Jon Fosse). Readings in literary history will accompany the readings of the texts.

Course leader


Target group

Students from all fields of studies.

Course aim

The objective of the course is to provide an overview of Norwegian literary culture and an understanding of its roots and impact, as well as its influences, in a wider Scandinavian and European political and aesthetic context. It also aims at giving students some mastery of close reading and literary analysis.

Credits info

9.9 EC
Written midterm classroom examination (40%), written final classroom examination (60%). Grading based on ECTS grading system A-B-C-D-E-F.

Fee info

USD 3635: On campus fee, room & board included