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2ML354 Reading and Adapting Literature


Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes:


The student

  • has comprehensive knowledge about a selection of literary texts in English and their adaptations, including works for young adults
  • has thorough familiarity with relevant literary and didactic theory
  • has a broad understanding of the manifold lives of literary texts and their adaptations
  • has advanced knowledge about perspectives within theories of reception and adaptation
  • has broad knowledge about the use of literature and adaptations in teaching and/or other forms of dissemination


The student

  • can analyse literary texts and films by using relevant theories and methods within the fields of literature and film
  • can employ knowledge about reception theory, and adaptation theory in order to understand literary texts, adaptations and their contexts
  • can use theoretical perspectives on Reading literature and adaptations in order to employ that understanding in teaching and/or other dissemination situations
  • can make use of perspectives from reception theory in teaching and/or other forms of dissemination, in order to understand, differentiate for and supervise a variety of readers in their learning and development

General competence

The student 

  • can reflect on how literary texts and adaptations, including works for young adults, appear in historical and material forms
  • can analyse relevant theoretical and ethical topics within the field
  • can communicate fluently in English about relevant topics with other students, specialists, and the general public
  • can use his or her knowledge and skills independently in order to complete oral and written tasks in English
  • can analyse and critically relate to research and use these skills in his or her profession


  • This is an introductory course in reception and adaptation studies. The course will involve close readings of primary texts and adaptations in their historical contexts.
  • The course operates from a broad definition of text and reading – films and other cultural expressions are also texts that may be read in this course.
  • Working from the premise that all texts are historically situated and acquire new meanings in new contexts, we will explore a number of different works, including works for young adults, from different historical periods and their reception.
  • The course will also contain discussions of key theoretical contributions to the field of adaptation and reception studies, didactic theory and praxis-oriented perspectives on the uses of literary texts and adaptations in teaching and other forms of culture work.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

On-campus seminars and digital seminars.

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

In order to take the exam, the students must pass the following requirements:

  • An attendance record of at least 80 % according to the semester plan. Students are responsible for registration of attendance
  • Participation in at least one net-seminar
  • 1-2 obligatory assignments (oral and/or written)


Three-day individual take-home exam, 4000 words.

The exam is graded on a scale from A to F. A is the highest pass grade and E is the lowest pass grade.