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Undergraduate course

Literary Theory

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeALLV221
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study

Bachelor Master


Full time

Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course gives a critical and advanced introduction to a specified field of literary theory or the works of a literary theorist.

The course aims to provide the student with extended knowledge of this field or theorist, and to train students to have a critical and independent understanding of main questions that are connected with the study of literary theory in the field of comparative literature.

The theme for this course Autumn 2022 is ┬┐Literary Theory for Our Time - New positions in Literary Theory" (together with ALLV201/ ALLV250/ ALLV303/ ALLV304).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course


The student

- has gained further knowledge on the aspects of the specified fields of literary theory that the course focuses on

- has a critical and independent understanding of main questions that are tied to the study of literary theory


The student

- is capable of reflecting on the theoretical questions that the course raises

General competence

The student

- can express himself/herself in correct academic English

Required Previous Knowledge

No formal requirements

Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed the introductory semester as well as:

ALLV111, ALLV112, ALLV113, ALLV114 or equivalent

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars (normally 2-3 hours per week for maximum 12 weeks)

In the case that fewer than five students register for a course, the organized teaching may be adapted to fit the number of students.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

The exam is a four-hour digital school exam.

Examination Support Material

Students are allowed to use a monolingual (English - English) dictionary during school examination.

Grading Scale

Grade scale A-F.

Assessment Semester


Reading List

The reading list is comprised of a selection of five to six works. Among these, two works or selected texts from works ought to be literary texts and three to four works should be texts of literary theory. A selection of 100 pages counts as a work, or 25 pages of poetry, or 150 pages of prose.

Course Evaluation

Course evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee for comparative literature

Course Coordinator

The Programme Committee for comparative literature

Course Administrator

Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.


Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    06.03.2023, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam