spring 2023
ENG-3122 The Novel after the Death of the Novel - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

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

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester and 1 October for 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 education year 8-13 (lektorutdanninga, studieretning engelsk). This course may be taken as a single course by students who qualify for admission to the MA programme in English Literature.

This course fulfils the Studies in genre requirement for the MA 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 English coursework (80 ECTS) is required.

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

Course content

The course will look at a number of novels that thematize the difficulty of writing novels after modernism and will question the relevance of the genre in contemporary literary discourse. Is the novel still a powerful literary form in the 21st century, or has it run its course? What are its defining conventions? The discussion will focus on current philosophical issues, such as the possibility of portraying subjective experience, the novel's Eurocentric past and the novel's shifting generic boundaries.

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


The student has:

  • Students will learn and become proficient in the primary and secondary texts assigned for the course.
  • Students will gain knowledge of crucial concepts in postmodern and contemporary narrative poetics.
  • Students will learn about the state of the novel in relation to the history of the genre.


The student is able to / can:

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to analyse complex literary texts both orally and in writing.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to engage critically with theoretical and philosophical concepts, such as paranoid hermeneutics, paratextuality, metafiction.
  • Students will be able to incorporate secondary sources into their final paper.

Language of instruction and examination

Language of instruction and examination: English.

Teaching methods

The course will be taught over thirteen weeks of two-hour seminar meetings. There will be teaching-free periods for academic supervision.

Quality assurance: All courses undergo a halfway evaluation once in a 2-year period at the master`s level. The Programme Board determines which programme options will be evaluated per year, and which courses will be evaluated by the students and the teacher per year.


Examination: Date: Grade scale:
Assignment 31.05.2023 14:00 (Hand in) A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

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

Written responses to one discussion question of each novel Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

Six written responses to one discussion question of each novel. 500-600 carefully chosen, well-organized and revised words. The obligatory coursework requirements must be approved in order to take the final exam.

This course requires regular attendance. However, a distance learning version of the course will also be available. For students who miss more than 3 class meetings (or who wish to take the course as distance students), it will be possible to submit a 500-word response paper addressing the topic for each class meeting missed.

More info about the assignment

The term paper consist of 10-15 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-3122
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