autumn 2020
ENG-3114 Modernism: Contemporary Narratives of Loss and Transformation - 10 ECTS

Last changed 28.10.2020

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for courses offered in the autumn semester and 1 December for courses offered the spring semester. 

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for courses offered in the autumn semester and 1 October for courses offered in the spring semester.

Type of course

This course is intended for students in the master's programme in English literature and students in the master's programme in teacher education year 8-13 (lektorutdanning trinn 8-13, studieretning engelsk).

This course may be taken as a single course by students who qualify for admission to the MA programme in English Literature.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent qualification, in English literature, or a degree combining English literature and a closely-related discipline (minimum 80 ECTS in English). An average grade equivalent to C or better (in the Norwegian grading system) in the English coursework (80 ECTS) is required.

Application code: 9371 - Enkeltemner på masternivå (Nordic applicants).

Course content

This in-depth study of Anglophone modernism combines a historical and cultural perspective with the close analysis (formal as well as thematic) of selected texts. We will pay attention to the definition of literary modernism and its features, and to its diversity of expression across the range of assigned texts. We will explore literature of the late 20th and early 21st centuries that address issues of loss, recovery, and transformation as triggered through profound external experience. These issues may be shaped by larger contexts such as gendered family histories, racial and ethnic displacements, war and its aftermath, illness, injury, or environmental change.

Objectives of the course

Knowledge and understanding: In this in-depth study of Anglophone modernism, emphasis will be given to the historical origins and definition of literary modernism. The course also pays close attention to the diversity and multiformity of modernism expression across a range of selected texts.  

Skills to be gained by the end of the course:

  • Increased proficiency in writing and speaking English.
  • Strengthened ability to explain ideas in a coherent manner with support from close readings of texts.
  • Increased competence in interpreting literary texts in historical, cultural, and critical contexts.
  • Improved ability to identify and explain elements of style in imaginative writing

Language of instruction

Language of instruction and examination: English.

Teaching methods

13 weeks of teaching and about six weeks of academic supervision (available as tutorials and/or email feedback where needed). Teaching includes lectures, seminars, discussions led by students, student presentations, and writing tutorials.


Coursework requirements: 

  • Oral presentation: Each student is required to give a short oral presentation or a discussion of a topic (5-10 minutes). 
  • Midterm paper: An essay of 4-6 pages.

The obligatory coursework requirements must be approved in order to take the final exam.

Assessment method:

A semester paper of approx. 10-15 pages.

Performance in the course will be assessed with the grades A-F. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed. A re-sit examination is offered in the event of an F-grade. The deadline to register (in the Studentweb) for a re-sit examination is 15 January (for courses offered in the autumn semester) and 15 August (for courses offered in the spring semester). In the event of a re-sit examination, the student is allowed to submit a revised version of his/her term paper within a given deadline.


Course overlap

ENG-2114 American Literature between the World Wars 10 stp
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: ENG-3114