ALIT1103 - Novels and Poetry 1800-2000


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 6 hours E

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 Flannery O'Connor, 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 candidates will have obtained the following qualifications after successfully completing this course:
- have knowledge of the main traditions in Western literature from 1800 to the present.
- be familiar with key literary works from romanticism to the present and possess general knowledge of the modern understanding of genre.
- be able to discuss literature within a wider social, cultural and aesthetic context.
- be familiar with and able to use relevant tools for analyzing epic literature and poetry
- conduct a literary analysis

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group sessions including written assignments.

2-3 compulsory activities, including at least two approved written assignments (4-5 pages) with feedback.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2-3 obligatory activities

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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 01.09.2013
ALIT1106 7.5 01.09.2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Comparative Literature
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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