Culture, Narrative and Representation


Syllabus for students spring 2021, spring 2020

Course Code:
EN237A revision 4
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Date of ratification:
24 January 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
20 January 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
24 January 2018

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: EN101E-English I.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course constitutes 7.5 credits on the 31-60 level of English as a main subject.


Culture, Narrative and Representation develops a theoretical understanding of narrative, and gives students tools with which to analyse a variety of narratives.

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course, the student:
1) understands some of the most important distinctions in narrative theory and can analyse narratives by using those distinctions;
2) can practise techniques of close reading and reflect on their own ability to produce interpretations; and
3) can seek and evaluate further information within the field of narrative theory.

Learning activities

Learning activities are lectures, seminars, written assignments, self-studies of course literature and independent work on a particular topic.


The course is assessed through one oral and one written examination. Learning outcomes 1-3 are examined in both examinations.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Eliot, George. Silas Marner. Penguin (1967)
Hurston, Zora N. Their Eyes Were Watching God. Virago (1986)
Rimmon-Kenan, Shlomith. Narrative fiction: contemporary poetics. London: Routledge (2002)
Swift, Graham. Mothering Sunday. London. Scribner (2016)
Trevor, William. The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories. (2010)
The course will also include poems, stories and lyrics used as further examples of concepts discussed in the narrative theory literature. In addition, you will be required to listen to audiobook versions of some of the texts.

Course evaluation

The course is concluded with an individual course evaluation focusing on the goals of the course. A summary of the evaluation is results is made available to the students on the university network/learning platform and is discussed in programme councils or similar forums connected to the course.

Other Information

In a case when a course is no longer given, or the contents have been changed essentially, the student has the right to two re-examination opportunities during a one-year period according to the course plan valid at the time of registration. The department sets the exam opportunities and it is the student’s responsibility to contact the department to find out how and when re-examinations take place.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,


18 January 2021 - 28 March 2021 Day-time 50% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program