Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course delves into the novel as a genre in a diachronic perspective. Through the study of four representative novels, situated in their cultural and historical context and in light of central technical terms concerning the novel, the course gives an overview of the genre¿s development from the 17th century up to today.
Upon completing the course, the student is expected to:
- have intimate knowledge of the works on the reading list
- have knowledge of the works¿ cultural and historical context
- have knowledge of narratology and central technical terms concerning the novel
- be able to utilize terms learned in independent analyses of the curriculum texts
- be able to analyze the texts thematically and in a cultural and historical perspective
- discuss orally and in writing research questions related to the curriculum
- be able to transmit knowledge in French within his/her own academic field orally or in writing
- be equipped to work independently with a research question and find relevant background material
Required Previous Knowledge
No official requirements, but all the teaching is conducted in French and presupposes high level of French.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
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
Teaching is normally conducted in the form of three-hour lectures, seminars and supervision over a twelve-week period.
If less than five students sign up for the course, the teaching may be adjusted to fit the number of students, e.g. by making lectures into seminars or other forms of individually suited teaching. If this should be the case, students will be notified on the nature of the alternative teaching arrangements before the registration deadline 1 Feb/1 Sep.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Students must attend at least 75 % of the lectures/seminars (including digital teaching) in order to be eligible for assessment in this course.
In the course of the semester, students are required to get approval of an oral presentation on a topic related to the curriculum of approx. 15 min. Students devise their presentations in conjunction with the instructor. Manuscripts of the presentation are to be handed in at the time of the presentation.
Mandatory assignments are valid for one additional semester following the semester of instruction.
Forms of Assessment
The exam is a four-hour written examination, which might be digital.
The grading scale is A-F, where F is a fail.
Spring. Students with valid approvals on their mandatory assignments may also be assessed in the fall semester.
The curriculum comprises four novels, as well as an introduction to the theory of the novel. The student engages with one representative novel from each of the four past centuries, as well as literary and historical background materials with bearing on the works in question. The student also reads an introduction to the theory of the novel/narratology, which is in line with the theoretical aim.
The reading list will be ready by 1 Jun for the fall semester, and 1 Dec for the spring semester.
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
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam