ALIT1112 - Literature from Antiquity to 1800: Drama and Poetics


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 an introduction to European drama and poetics from Antiquity to the Age of Enlightenment. Students will be introduced to major theatrical works such as Aeschylus' Agamemnon, Sophocles- King Oedipus, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Racine's Phaedra, and Goethe's Faust, part I. Teaching focuses on questions of genre, from the development of tragedy and comedy in Antiquity to the revival of theatre in the Renaissance. Works are studied through an aesthetic, historic and cultural framework. Moreover, the course includes a general introduction to poetics of Plato and Aristotle to Schiller and Hegel. The relation between drama and literary thought forms the basis for an inter-aesthetic understanding where drama is seen as part of a larger cultural context. The course contextualizes literature in a wider artistic context as well as a broader historical, philosophical, and social setting.

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 of drama and lyric poetry

- of the origin, development and poetics of 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 October in the autumn semester and 10th 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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