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Baltic History of Literature and Cultural History - Latvia

If you have been accepted to the course, you will received more information about the course and course start at around the first week of January 2023.

The course aims at providing you with the facility to retrieve basic knowledge of Latvian and general Baltic literary history och cultural history and ancient Baltic religion. You will also gain certain practical skills for using bibliographical aids concerning Latvian literary and cultural history, and ancient Baltic religion.

  • Course structure

    Instruction is in the form of lectures and seminars.

    The language of instruction is English.

    Instruction is either web-based/online or on campus, according to how the course event is defined.

    Teaching format

    Mandatory course elements: participation in discussions and seminars on campus or via the university education platform or other web-based service. Assignment submission deadlines are mandatory elements of the course. The completion of the mandatory course elements are required for students to be eligible to participate in subsequent examinations.

    More detailed information can be found in the course description. The course description is available a month before the start of the course at the latest.


    Grading criteria and grading (in Swedish)

    BAL355 Betygskriterier (300 Kb)


    Examination takes place through submitted assignments and participation in seminars. Continuous examination takes place through written assignments submitted in connection with each seminar. The principles for weighting individual course assignments are described in the grading criteria.
    Examination takes place in English.


    Examinatorer baltiska språk VT2022 (238 Kb)

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    • Zauberga, I., A. Veisbergs and A. Chesterman: Bear's Ears: an Anthology of Latvian Literature. Riga, Zinatne, 2014. (Excerpts available on Athena)
    • Ziedonis, A., (ed): Baltic Literature and Linguistics, Ohio State Univ, Ohio, 1973 (Excerpts available on Athena)
    • O'Connor, Kevin: Culture and Customs of the Baltic States. Greenwood Press, 2006. (Available as e-book at Stockholm University Library)
    • Sabaliauskas, Algirdas: We, the Balts. Science and encyclopedia Publishers, 1993.
    • Bojtár, Endre: Foreword to the Past. A Cultural History of the Baltic People. CEU Press, 1999. (Available as e-book at Stockholm University Library)
    • Velius, Norbertas: The World Outlook of the Ancient Balts. Vilnius, 1989.
    • Gimbutas, Marija: The Balts, London, 1963.
    • Materials distributed in class
    • Latvian fiction in translation, 100 - 500 pages, chosen together by the student and the examiner.
  • Course reports

  • More information

    Course Information

    Course Information BAL355 VT22 (385 Kb)

  • Contact

    Director of studies Lilita Zalkalns (