ALIT1103 - Novels and Poetry 1800-2000


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 7 days

Course content

The module offers an introduction to modern literature from early 19th century Romanticism to the present. The syllabus includes novelists such as Jane Austen and Gustave Flaubert, Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust and Franz Kafka, short story authors like Edgar Allen Poe, Karen Blixen, Jorge Luis Borges, and poets such as John Keats, Walt Whitman, Charles Baudelaire, Emily Dickinson, Edith Södergran, Guillaume Apollinaire, T. S. Eliot og Inger Christensen. In addition to a broad historical introduction to literature in the recent past and the social, cultural and aesthetic contexts in which it stands, the course will provide a basic introduction to textual and genre analysis.

Learning outcome

The candidate will after successfully completing this course have KNOWLEDGE about:

- the outlines of Western literature from 1800 to the present. - key literary works from romanticism to the present.

- and possess general knowledge of the modern understanding of genres.

The candidate will after successfully completing this course be SKILLED in:

- presenting and discussing her/his acquired knowledge in writing

- employing comparative literary analytical tools.

The candidate’s GENERAL COMPETENCY includes:

- an understanding literature in an extensive aesthetic, historical and cultural connection

- a basic understanding of the function of the main literary genres.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group sessions including written assignments. 1-2 compulsory activities, including one approved written assignment (4-5 pages) with feedback.

Compulsory assignments

  • 1-2 obligatory activities

Course materials

A reading list will be available first day of class. Students that use the standard list do not have to hand in a reading list to the department. Students that want to use an alternative curriculum must apply for this by handing in an alternative reading list to the department for approval. Deadline is 10th October in the autumn semester and 10th March in the spring semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HFALIT103 15.0
ALIT1105 7.5 AUTUMN 2013
ALIT1106 7.5 AUTUMN 2013
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Comparative Literature
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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