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Swedish Literature

The course is a free-standing introduction to Swedish literature from the 1800th century to the present.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - courses

Welcome to the Department of Culture and Aesthetics. We hope you will enjoy your time with us.

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, the Department of Culture and Aesthetics will continue with online teaching during spring semester 2021.

Conditions may change and students will be informed in the Athena learning platform and on the Department’s website.

Teaching via Zoom
Our teachers will use the e-meeting service Zoom for lectures and seminars. It is free of charge for all students at Stockholm University. You will find instructions to how the teaching of your course will be planned in the Athena learning platform. 


If you applied through you register for your course online via webregistration. You must webregister in the period set for your course – or you will lose your place on the course. If you cannot webregister, please contact the department's student's affairs office,, before the last day for webregistration to not lose your place.

Registration for courses starting 18 January – 22 March
Art History: 4 – 11 January
History of Ideas: 4 – 11 January
Literature: 4 – 11 January
Musicology:  4 – 18 January 
Theatre Studies: 4 – 11 January

Registration for courses starting 23 March – 2 May
Art History: 4 January – 1 March
History of Ideas: 4 January – 16 March
Literature: 4 January – 16 March
Musicology: 4 January – 23 March 
Theatre Studies: 4 January – 16 March  

Conditionally admitted 

You cannot register online if you are conditionally admitted as the department first needs to judge your qualifications. Please contact the student office or student counsellor for more information.


We use the web-based learning and collaboration platform Athena for communication between teachers and students. You log on with your university account. Here is where you will find lecture and seminar plans at least one week before the course starts.

Studying with a disability

Stockholm University provides various forms of special pedagogical support to students with long-term disabilities. Please contact special pedagogical support at Student Services if you need support. Make sure to also contact your study councellor at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics if you need extra support during lectures, seminars and examination.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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This course is a survey of Swedish literature from the late-eighteenth century through to the present. We explore how literary genres evolve alongside new forms of knowledge, understanding, and experience, with particular attention to the changing role of literature in the formation of subjecthood and identity. The course highlights a number of important Swedish writers, while also providing a historical context: from the Romantic destruction of inherited forms and new experiments in writing, to the political and social questions raised by Realism, to the Nordic noir of the present.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and seminars. The language of instruction is English.

    During SPRING -21 all seminars will be online via Zoom due to the pandemic. The seminars will not be recorded for later viewing and attendance is therefore mandatory.


    The course is examined on the basis of a take-home written examination.

    In order to pass the course, students are expected to be able to:
    ▪ explain and discuss Swedish literature in relation to thematic and contextual perspectives
    ▪ analyse specific Swedish literary texts in relation to the theoretical and critical texts included in the course

    The take-home exam consists of a 4-5-page paper (on two topics) and should adhere to the following criteria:
    ▪ correct formatting, using 1.5 spacing, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, correct use of citations (preferably MLA).
    ▪ Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the texts discussed
    ▪ Articulate a well-considered, individual critical viewpoint on the texts discussed.
    ▪ Be carefully written in correct academic prose
    ▪ Take any relevant secondary material distributed by your teacher into consideration: the inclusion of additional secondary material is optional.

    Do the reading; don’t be late or absent without a good reason (or frequently); pay attention to each other during class; don’t plagiarise; read generously; do some actual research for your final paper; treat each other with respect – which entails taking each other’s ideas seriously enough to disagree with. And please remember: during SPRING -21 all seminars will be online via Zoom due to the pandemic. The seminars will not be recorded for later viewing and attendance is therefore mandatory.


    Examinatorer i Litteraturvetenskap, vårterminen 2021 (75 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.
  • Contact

    Study counselor in Literature

    Student affairs office