Postgraduate course

Italian Text Study and Literary Theory Analysis

Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

ITAL302 aims to give students extended knowledge of Italian literature and to practice a critical and independent understanding of central questions in the study of literature. The course also aims to give insight into selected and central literary theories.

The course is comprised of two components: a theoretical and methodological part, and a literary part. The main purpose of the course is to provide some central theories and methods that are relevant to Italian literary studies.

Moreover, the course provides broader insight into Italian literature through a submersion into a selection of literary works. In this way, the course aims to provide students with a better basis for the choice and theoretical frame for the master's thesis.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student should:

- have an understanding of selected theories in modern literary studies.

- have gained knowledge of methods that are relevant for literary theses and questions

- have gained specialized knowledge on individual works of fiction, topics and genres, as well as the cultural and historical framework they are a part of


The student should:

- be able to work independently with topics on the basis of insight into the field

- be able to evaluate the relevance of the theories and methods that have been discussed, in releation to a concrete question or thesis

- be able to use the theoretical tools that have been acquired through textual analysis in an independent manner

General competence

The student:

- is capable of continuing to develop their competency and specialization in an independent manner

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree with a major in Italian.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Italian 100- and 200-levels, or equivalent.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students who have been admitted to the master's program in Italian at the University of Bergen

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Seminars, lectures, writing workshops and tutorials.

Approximately 4 hours per week for 12 weeks.

In the case that less than five students register for a course, the organized teaching may be adapted to fit the number of students. If this occurs, students will be informed at the start of the semester, and before the registration deadline 1. February/1. September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

In the course of the semester the student must hold an oral presentation of about 15 minutes. The presentation is evaluated as a pass/fail. The term paper is supervised, and the students must complete a mandatory tutorial with the course instructor in order to be allowed to submit the paper. The topic for the oral presentation and the term paper cannot be the same.

The presentation must be passed and the tutorial must be completed in the same semester in order to qualify to sit for the exam of the course.

Compulsory assignments are only valid in the instruction semester.

Forms of Assessment

The exam has two components:

1. A supervised term paper, which must be submitted by 15. November (or first week day after this date), of about 4000 words, written in Italian.

2. An oral exam where the question for the conversation can be taken from any part of the reading list from the course.

The term paper counts for 40 percent of the grade, with the oral exam counting for 60 percent of the final grade.

Students who receive an F on the term paper, will not be eligible for the oral exam. Students who receive an F at the oral exam, receive an F for the course as a whole. Both components of the exam must be completed in the same semester.

Grading Scale

The exam is marked in the grade scale A-F, where F is a fail.

Reading List

Literary theory and methods: around 200 pages

In addition 5 works of fiction.

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated in accordance with the quality control system of the University of Bergen


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment: Semester paper and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

    • Exam part: Oral examination

    • Exam part: Semester paper

      Submission deadline
      15.11.2017, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam