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ENG-3109 Indigenous Literatures of North America - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for språk og kultur

Type of course

Theoretical subject.

First or second year at master's level.

Course contents

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.

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.

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).

Objective of the course

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

Language of instruction


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.  

Date for examination

Portfolio hand in date 25.11.2022

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.