1122.23 - Literary History I

Course number
Literary History I
An academically oriented upper secondary diploma with a good average mark in Faroese (i.e. at least 5.8 on the 7-step marking scale or 8 on the marking scale from 00 to 13).
This course equips students with knowledge about and understanding of literature in the Nordic region from the Middle ages up to around 1876. The course enables students to describe literature in relation to genre and origin, as well as to place and to describe texts as born out of cultural trends.
Students will read Medieval West Nordic fiction literature. Genres within oral literature in the Faroes make up around a third of the coursework. Both fiction and non-fiction literature, which has lived and been used in the Faroes and represents literary trends during this period will be discussed. Works of theory and literary history are part of the material discussed.
Learning and teaching approaches
This class-based course is structured as three-hour weekly sessions over one semester. The main learning and teaching strategies used are lectures and student presentations, in addition to oral and written exercises, which students will complete individually or in groups.
Learning outcomes
Successful students can demonstrate ability to: • Explain Nordic literary history during the period with special emphasis on Faroese literary history. • Explain Faroese oral literature. • Explain the connection between the Faroese, Nordic and international perspectives in literary history. • Describe the main events and trends in literary history during the period. • Compare literary forms and the cultural and social contexts they are part of.
Assessment method
Oral examination. The students will have one to three days preparing the answer to an assigned topic.
Marking scale
The course reading list intented as guidelines includes 3 works of fiction (e.g. novels, collections of poems, plays, non-fiction books) and 10 short texts; of these short texts, 2 must be non-fiction texts; texts in at least 3 Nordic languages other than Faroese must be represented. In addition to approximately 400 pages from history of literature works.
Bergur D. Hansen