autumn 2022
ENG-3109 Indigenous Literatures of North America - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from countries within EU/EEA: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

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

Type of course

Theoretical subject.

First or second year at master's level.

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

Contemproary critical theories including feminism, postcolonialsim, and ecocriticism have benefited from the insights of Native American peoples who have survived five hundred years of conquest of their lands, languages, and collective memories. Increasingly  literature by indigenous writers is included in the literary canon. These writers are trained in Western forms, and they are adept at mediating between worlds through masking, displacement, invention, and revival of tradition. In this course we will explore some of the intersections between traditional storytelling and contemporary narrative forms. We will also examine the various ways in which story functions as strategy of cultural survival and  method of critical analysis.

Recommended previous qualifications is a BA in literature or a BA in literature and language. A good command of both written and oral English is also required.

Objectives of the course

The course emphasizes theoretical approaches and analytical methods important to the study of contemporary narrative and literary criticism. 

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

26 hours of teaching with seminars and lectures. About 12 weeks with 2 hours lectures a week, as well as seminars in which the students present short essays related to their own work.  

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for exchange students who fulfill 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:
Portfolio 25.11.2022 13:00 (Hand in) A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

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

Essay Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

Submission of short essays which are first to be presented orally and which can then be extended into a semester assignment.

More info about the portfolio

  • One short essay, 5 pages
  • One semester assignment, 8-10 pages

Re-sit examination

A resit exam is arranged for students who have not passed the last ordinary exam in this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: ENG-3109
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