ALIT1104 - Drama, Poetics and Literary Theory 1800-2000


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The module has two main components. It offers an introduction to modern drama from late 19th century Romanticism to the present. The syllabus includes playwrights from Henrik Ibsen and Anton Chekhov to Samuel Beckett and Marguerite Duras. The second component is a historical introduction to modern poetics ant theory of literature from Romanticism to the 21st century. The syllabus includes texts by Wordsworth and Coleridge, Charles Baudelaire and Viktor Shklovsky as well as Sigmund Freud and Susan Sontag.

Learning outcome

The candidate 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 literary analysis
- conduct a literary analysis

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group sessions including written assignments.

2-3 obligatory 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
HFALIT104 15.0
ALIT1106 15.0 01.09.2017
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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: Home examination

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

Release 2020-12-01

Submission 2020-12-01

Release 09:00

Submission 15:00

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

Release 2021-06-02

Submission 2021-06-02

Release 09:00

Submission 15:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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