Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course offers an introduction to Scandinavian 19th century literature and culture. It will provide a literary-historical survey along with discussions of works by central writers, for example H. C. Andersen, Henrik Ibsen, J. P. Jacobsen, Amalie Skram, Knut Hamsun and/or August Strindberg.
The course normally addresses one or more of the following three phases of 19th century Scandinavian literature and culture: 1) The strong national romantic currents that emerged in Scandinavia after the end of the Napoleonic wars. 2) The emergence of literary realism and naturalism during the so-called "modern breakthrough" of the 1870s and 1880s. 3) The experimental literary tendencies of the 1890s, which are often described as the initial emergence of literary modernism in Scandinavia.
The course addresses important intellectual influences on the authors we read - for example Charles Darwin, Georg Brandes and Friedrich Nietzsche - and also situates the works on the syllabus in light of the major technological and social changes the Scandinavian countries were going through at the time. In addition, we will also look at the most important issues the different authors typically addressed in their writings.
On completion of the programme the candidate should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
The candidate will have a thorough knowledge of 19th-century
Scandinavian cultural and intellectual trends, of Scandinavian literary history, as well as an understanding of important authorships and representative literary works.
The candidate will be able to discuss central literary developments and be able to analyze and to write about central works in 19th-century Scandinavian literature.
The candidate will have a broad knowledge of 19th-century Scandinavian cultural and literary history and of important writers and individual works.
Required Previous Knowledge
The course requires spoken and written proficiency in English.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
The course is open to exchange students and other students with upper secondary education from outside Norway with admission to the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching is given as double or triple lectures. Total: 24-26 hours.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
7-day home exam (2/3) and oral examination (1/3).
In the fall semester 2020, the oral exam will be held digitally, as a measure to prevent transmission of the corona virus.
Examination Support Material
Spring and fall
Courses are evaluated regularly in accordance with the University of Bergen´s quality assurance system.
Programstyret for nordisk
Programstyret for nordisk
Department of linguistic, literary and aesthetic studies
Department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic Studies.
Type of assessment: Take-home examination and oral examination
- Withdrawal deadline
Exam part: Take-home examination
- Examination system
- Digital exam
Exam part: Oral examination
- Exam period