autumn 2022
ENG-3112 William Faulkner and American Modernism - 10 ECTS

Type of course

Theoretical subject. First or second year at master's level.

The course requires a bachelor's degree with intermediate courses in English or equivalent.

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) is required.

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

Course content

Dealing with William Faulkner's most prominent works of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, this course has a four-fold focus: it seeks to 1) define Faulkner's particular brand of literary modernism, 2) discuss the typical formal and thematic traits of his fiction, 3) situate his works in their Southern sociocultural context, and 4) pursue close readings of particular texts.

The course requires a bachelor's degree with intermediate courses in English or equivalent.

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


  • In-depth understanding of the work of a single author (Faulkner) within the context of broader aesthetic, cultural and historical paradigms.
  • Understanding of the process of canon formation and notions of the literary and authorship in relation to a single body of work.


  • 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 conduct original research, and to integrate ideas and concepts gleaned from research into students¿ own written work.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

7 weeks of teaching, 2-3 weeks of supervision (mid-term paper), 7 weeks of teaching, 3-4 weeks of supervision (end-of-term paper). Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, discussions led by students, student presentations, and tuition in paper writing.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for exchange students who fulfil the admission requirements (please see the "Admission requirements" section). The course should be taken as a part of a course package.


Examination: Date: Grade scale:
Assignment Innlevering: 09.12.2022 kl. 13:00 A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Mid-term paper Approved/ Not approved
Draft of end-of-term paper Approved/ Not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

  • Mid-term paper (about 5 pages, 1.5 line spacing). The topic will be announced. Due approximately week 7 of the course.
  • Draft of end-of-term paper. A 5-page draft of the final paper for instructor feedback. Due approximately week 12 of the course.

More info about the assignment

The exam will consist of:

  • End-of-term paper (12-15 pages), written individually. The topic will be announced.

Re-sit examination

Retake is offered in in the beginning of the following semester in cases of grade F or Fail. Students may submit a revised edition of the original end-of-term paper.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: ENG-3112
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