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Narrative Theory, Literary Studies

This is a course about modern narrative theory, with a focus on key concepts such as plot, narrator, narrative perspective and fictionality. Particular emphasis is given to theories of fictional and possible worlds. The course also includes different critical perspectives on narrative as an ideological form. While the course is primarily concerned with literary narratives, other forms of narrative are studied, too. Learning fundamental tools of narratology, students will develop independent, critical, and theoretically informed ways of analyzing narrative.

  • Course structure

    Course description:  Narrative Theory, HT22 (pdf) (329 Kb)

    Course description and literature list for autumn term 2023 to follow.

    Teaching format

    The teaching comprises seminars. Active participation is expected from students in all teaching formats in order to pass the examination. Students will often work with different tasks and assignments during the seminars in preparation for the examination. Apart from scheduled teaching, time will be spent reading course literature and completing mandatory assignments.


    Two written essays.


    Bo G. Ekelund

  • 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 reports

  • Contact

    Teacher: Bo G. Ekelund

    Student Affairs Office