ALIT1111 - Literature from Antiquity to 1800: Epic and Poetry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 100/100 6 hours A

Course content

The course provides students with an overview of epic and poetry in Western literature from Antiquity to 1800 and it includes key classics in the genre of pre-modern epic poetry, such as Homer's Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid and Dante's Divine Comedy. The course also includes an introduction to the rise of the modern novel from the Spanish Golden Age to the Age of Enlightenment. Moreover, the course includes a general outline of antique and early modern Western poetry, from Sappho's by way of Petrarch and Shakespeare to Goethe. Teaching focuses on the origins and development of these main classical genres. Single works are studied through aesthetic, historical and cultural approaches.

Learning outcome

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

- the outlines of Western literature from the Antiquity until 1800

- of essential literary works within the genres, epic poetry and lyric poetry

- of the origin, development and poetics within these 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. Obligatory activity: 2-3 obligatory activities, including at least two approved written assignments (4-5 pages) with feedback.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2-3 obligatory activities

Specific conditions

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 of October in the autumn semester and 10th of March in the spring semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ALIT1101 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
ALIT1102 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Home exam

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





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





Room Building Number of candidates
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