Theses Archive for English Literature

Here you will find an overview over some of the Master's theses that has been handed in on the subject of English Literature. 

The theses are written by candidates on the Master's Programme in English Literature and by candidates on the Teacher Education (lektor) for Secondary School/High School with English Literature as their main subject at UiT the Arctic University of Norway. The theses are published electronically in Munin (UiTs open research archive), and you will find them by clicking the title of the thesis you want to read. 

Thesis handed in: Name: Title of thesis
2023 Sve, Henrik Andersson To make and unmake souls: Fiction as a tool for dehumanisation and rehumanisation
2023 Næss, Patrick The "Blackness of Blackness". The city and identity in Toni Morrison’s Jazz and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man
2023 Rodrigues, Cassia Djamila Torres de Melo Finding the Self through Travel: A Psychoanalytic Analysis of Self-Discovery and Transformation in Travel Writing
2023 Franzén, Andrine Østeng ‘No, she’s not going anywhere’: Subversions of Virtuous Passivity and Condemned Agency in Modern Retellings of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Snow White’
2023 Auran, Marte Mediaas (lektor) Challenging the topics of interracial friendship, immigration, and racism by taking them into the 9th and 10th grade classroom. An analysis of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie´s Americanah and Roald Dahl´s The Big Friendly Giant and how to teach them in secondary school
2023 Myrvang, Gabriel (lektor) Facilitation of critical thinking and ethical awareness by reading dystopian literature
2023 Kristensen, Cathrine Sofie Ekløv (lektor) Being at the Centre of a Scandal – Exploring the Complexities of the Sexual Deviant. Queer Counterspaces and their Effect on Character Development and Self-Actualisation in The Picture of Dorian Gray and Giovanni’s Room
2023 Lia, Edvard Political Forms of Infinity in Contemporary Ecopoetry and Ecofiction: Why We Read in a Time of Crisis
2023 Harstad, Emil The survival of the eccentric in a hyperreal culture: Media consumption and the public sphere in George Orwell’s 1984 and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
2023 Skjevik, Frida (lektor) Developing intercultural competence and critical thinking skills through young adult fiction: How Margaret Balderson’s When Jays Fly to Barbmo has the potential to cultivate intercultural competence, enhance critical thinking abilities, and foster identification among adolescents
2023 Pedersen, Thea Sofie (lektor) Emily Brontë's Confrontation with Power Structures in Wuthering Heights: Connections between Victorian Race, Class, and Gender
2023 Svastuen, Renate Kristin (lektor) Teaching climate change with young adult fiction: Raising awareness with Alexandra Kleeman’s Something New Under the Sun
2023 Christoffersen, David (lektor) The Paths of a Witcher: Moral Foundations, Narrative Distance and Choice in The Witcher 3
2023 Hougen, Jørgen (lektor) Dyslexia and Minecraft Education. A qualitative study exploring Minecraft Education as a tool for working with English literature for students with dyslexia
2023 Hovstøl, Charlotte (lektor) Fear in Detective Stories: The representation of crime as threatening or nonthreatening in A Study in Scarlet and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
2022 Rosenvinge, Elisabeth Hjelde Intercultural competence in Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and “Recitatif”
2022 Isaksen, Merethe (lektor) Reaffirming Victorian Patriarchy Through Gothic Vampire Fiction
2022 Minssieux, Nelly Ghosts of Literature: Tracing the Spectral in Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Mary Shelley
2022 Dwyer, William F. III Rupture: Exposing the Instability of a State Apparatus Through Poetic Descriptions of a Natural World
2022 Jupiter, Michael Xavier Andrew These Monstrous, Decadent New Women. Exploring the Death of Dangerous Femininities in the Fin de Siècle
2022 Valderhaug, Petter (lektor) The Conscious Collective. An exploration of Orwell’s Representations of Individualism within Authoritarian Societies
2022 Wijgaart-Van Dijk, Karsten Olav (lektor) Preventing radicalisation through reading fiction How reading North of Dawn or The Lines We Cross can teach adolescents intercultural competence and build resilience against radicalisation
2022 Skare, Vebjørn Elvemo (lektor) Facilitating For a Conscious Awareness of Oneself Through Literature. Using 2001: A Space Odyssey as a facilitator in the classroom for enhancing student’s perspective taking and capacity to mentally time travel
2022 Chen, Shuo Moments of Being, A Real Trauma Truth of Virginia Woolf?
2022 Guttormsen, Tine Kalkenberg (lektor) The delusion of Wonderland
2022 Moe, Marius (lektor) The Cult of Americanism: An analysis of BioShock Infinite’s dystopic Columbia as social commentary on American exceptionalism
2022 Skancke, Kristian Terje (lektor) The 25-hour Moment: How Pathologic 2 Facilitates Presentness and Constructs Its Ludonarrative
2022 Larssen, Martine Horrigmoe (lektor) The Penalization of Agentic Female Characters in Literature: An Analysis of The Awakening and Looking for Alaska
2022 Berg, Mathias (lektor) Exploring Racialization portrayed in Young Adult Fiction
2022 Myrland, Camilla (lektor) Challenging normality and breaking boundaries of prejudice
2021 Hauan, Hanna (lektor) Promoting Intercultural Competence in the Norwegian EFL Classroom Through an Understanding of Agency and Choice in Border-Crossing Literature
2021 Andreassen, Silje (lektor) Fostering Intercultural Competence in Norwegian ELT through reading Multimodal Young Adult Fiction - An analysis of internalized and institutional racism in Walter Dean Myers’ Monster and Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give
2021 Hansen, August (lektor) Green Wisdom in Grey Futures. An analysis of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Saci Lloyd’s The Carbon Diaries 2015 and why we should teach them
2021 dos Santos, Andreia (lektor) Fostering Critical Thinking and Ethical Awareness in English through Historical Consciousness
2021 Johannessen, Kathrine (lektor) Literary Contact Zones in the Upper Secondary Classroom: Using Kiley Reid's Such a Fun Age to build health and life skills
2021 Malmin, Tiedemand (lektor) Creating a Love of Reading Through Young Adult Fiction in Norwegian Lower Secondary Schools
2021 Strømsnes, Silje Nilsen (lektor) Exploiting Unhappy Orcs & Gullible Hobbits: Colonialism and Oppression in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
2021 Elstad, Martine (lektor) Multimodal Young Adult Fiction and Reading Motivation
2021 Åsebø, Stian Martin (lektor) Gender, sexuality and the quest for understanding in young adult fiction novels featuring transgender characters, using Rick Riordan’s Hammer of Thor and Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl.
2021 Christoffersen, Helle Ovedie (lektor) Amplified Love in Sarah Kane's Cleansed: A Jar of Nuances
2021 Anderssen, Simen Strøm (lektor) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, a Canonical Representation with an Entry to In-Depth Learning in the Norwegian Classroom
2021 Krogh, Ida Margrethe Rask (lektor) English Literature and Digital Creativity in the Classroom
2021 Kouhestani, Parastoo Decadence and Murder in Oscar Wilde's Literature
2021 Jensen, Nanna "No funk" - shame, violence and the black body: An investigation of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and God Help the Child
2021 Jakobsen, Maria Expressions of Mood in Cinematic Adaptations of Patricia Highsmith’s novels The Price of Salt and The Talented Mr. Ripley
2021 Tverfjell, Hans Ole On the creation of tensions between Cot’s fictional autobiography as compared to the encompassing frame narrative in Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl: A Novel by Kate McCafferty. The narrative impact on the voice of a female character and witness, Cot Daley – a suppressed Irish indentured servant in Barbados in the late 17th century
2020 Hansen, Marita Definers and Defined. A study of the portrayal of black masculinity in the characters and communities in Toni Morrison's Beloved and Paradise
2020 Kalinin, Evgeny (lektor) The Development of Villains in B. Stoker’s "Dracula", A.C. Doyle’s “The Final Problem” and J. K. Rowling’s "Harry Potter" saga
2020 Kristoffersen, Sara Aske (lektor) Performativity and gender in Kiersten White´s And I Darken
2020 Larsen, Richard Westereng (lektor) The Social Contract, Biopolitics and Hurricane Katrina: Two Perspectives from Sarah Broom's Memoir The Yellow House and Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial
2019 Dahl, Lars Jørgen One Nation Under Melville. An Analysis of Nationalism, Imperialism, and Race in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick or, The Whale
2019 Ulriksen, Cecilia I Am No Angel. Struggles of Identity in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights
2019 Svineng, Frid-Oline Tellefsen Encounters between Native Americans and Whites in James Welch's Historical Novels Fools Crow and The Heartsong of Charging Elk
2019 Tamnes, Bodil Narrating the Migration Experience. How can the use of young adult migrant narratives and authentic experience in the EFL classroom increase both knowledge and understanding regarding society, history and adolescent migrant identity?
2019 Kalkenberg, Gunn-Laila The Hunger Games. A Feminist Approach through Gender Performance
2019 Skavik, Katrine Cecilie (lektor) From Villain to Hero. The Shifting Social Role of Vampires in Stoker’s "Dracula" and Meyer’s "Twilight."
2019 Guttormsen, Tora (lektor) Ethics, Democracy and Education in Toni Morrison’s Beloved, J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, and the New Reform of Education in Norway. An Approach to teaching these works in Norwegian upper secondary school
2019 Alexandersen, Halvard Koi (lektor) Intercultural Competence and Postcolonialism in Nye’s Habibi and Gordimer’s “Loot”. Promoting democracy and citizenship through literature in the Norwegian EFL classroom
2019 Johansson, Marie Seljehaug (lektor) An Investigation of Empathy in James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”
2018 Engen, Nena Katrin Orphanhood and trauma in Toni Morrison's A Mercy and Beloved
2018 Jensen, Ellen Marie Gendered Agency and Subjectivity in Hanna Pylväinen's "We Sinners" (2012) and North American (ex-) Laestadian Women's Life Narratives
2018 Baakil, Miriam Mobility, Place and Identity in Women's Road Narratives: A Spatial Analysis of Mona Simpson's 'Anywhere but Here' and Barbara Kingsolver's 'The Bean Trees'
2018 Tennes, Ragnhild Seel The Great Gatsby - flappers and philosophers in the upper secondary classroom. A historical-biographical reading, watching and studying of Fitzgerald's novel
2018 Myklatun, Anne The Ethics of Proximity in Literature: An Ethical Reading of Immediacy in J.M. Coetzee's Age of Iron and Foe
2018 Grødahl, Kristoffer Fan Fiction and Authorship. Secondary Authors and Their Role in the Evolution of the Author Construct and Canonicity
2018 Dados, Kristian Stokkenes (lektor) Characterization in Jacob’s Room and Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf :A comparative analysis of Jacob Flanders in Jacob’s Room and Clarissa Dalloway in Mrs Dalloway.
2018 Normann, Helene Gurandsrud (lektor) The Short Story Cycle: A Marginalized Genre for Marginalized Stories. A Genre Critique of Sandra Cisneros’ Woman Hollering Creek
2018 Bergstad, Evita Lill Uncovering the Obscene in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and John Irving’s The Hotel New Hampshire – A Critical Analysis of Cultural Divisions
2018 Liverød, Sara Barosen

Wordsworth’s Naturalistic Spirituality. The Effects of Romantic Paganism in William Wordsworth’s Poetic Works

2018 Eira, Sara Christine (lektor)

What is a Native American, an Aborigine and a Maori? A comparative analysis of three English subject textbooks for Norwegian upper-secondary schools

2018 Løfaldli, Sveinung Benjamin Søberg (lektor)

Using learning stations to develop student literacy for L2/L3 English learners in upper-secondary school in Norway

2018 Egeberg, Martin Stray

“Where niggers crop on shares and live like animals”. Racialized Space in William Faulkner´s Light in August and Go Down, Moses

2018 Forfang, Hege

Indigenous Women with a Cause. A Character Analysis of Linda Hogan’s Power and Louise Erdrich’s The Round House

2018 Haugen, Magnhild (lektor)

The Child's Perspective in To Kill a Mockingbird and The Kite Runner

2018 Johansen, Cathrine Olea (lektor)

Border Theory: A New Point of Access into Literature. A border-theoretical reading of China Miéville’s Un Lun Dun, The City and the City and Embassytown

2018 Isaksen, Simon Berg (lektor)

Teaching and learning English in vocational education programmes in a Norwegian upper secondary school. Some vocational teachers’, English teachers’ and specialized workers’ evaluation of teaching and learning in the school subject English

2018 Leuschner, Nele (lektor)

"The judges of normality are present everywhere". Some critical thoughts on Michel Foucault’s Madness and Civilization and Discipline and Punish presented through an analysis of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

2016 Nilssen, Anniken Homelessness, Displacement and Identity: Open City and Home
2016 Handley, Janet Scripting the Witch. Voice, Gender and Power in The Witch of Edmonton (Rowley, Dekker and Ford 1621) and Witchcraft (Baillie 1836)
2016 Borit, Cornel The New Barbarians Are Coming? A Postcolonial Reading of the Hybrid Identity Construction of London Immigrants in Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners (1956) and Rose Tremain’s The Road Home (2007)
2016 Rasch, Susanne Lillehaug (lektor) Students' Perception of Grammar Instruction. A study of the relation between students' perception of grammar instruction and their multiple intelligences
2016 Lind-Olsen, Elin Performing Female Identities: Gender Performativity in Charlotte Brontë's Villette
2016 Nordjord, Hilde O.  The theme of the Double in Ian Rankin´s Knots & Crosses and Hide and Seek.
2015 Kvalsvik, Raven Arungumar (lektor) Remembering Apartheid. Investigating Resistance in Mark Mathabane's Kaffir Boy
2015 Johansen, Kathrine Nyborg (lektor) Representation of Asperger Syndrome in Contemporary Fiction
2015 Horne, Karina Sofi Margie Orford’s Hybrid Narratives: Crime Fiction Subgenres and the Theme of Misogyny in Daddy’s Girl and Like Clockwork
2015 Frantzen, Marianne (lektor) Fistfighting "Super Injun". Reinscribing Native American Literature in the English Classroom
2015 Joakimsen, Alice Solhaug (lektor) The Apocalypse and its Aftermath. Society, Survival and Accountability in The Road and Oryx and Crake
2015 Olsen, Martin Sande The Nihilistic Cosmos of Cormac McCarthy's Later Works
2015 Mikalsen, Paula Ryggvik "But you can't get me out of the story". Feminist Revision of Fairy Tales in Short Stories by Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter
2015 Rindstad, Karoline (lektor) Narrative empathy in Toni Morrison's Beloved and Home. An approach to teaching these works in upper secondary school in Norway
2015 Larsen, Marianne Sagen (lektor) Mental illness in literature. Seeing and recognizing mental illness in Conrad’s ‘The Idiots’, Poe’s ‘The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether’ and Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night
2015 Amundsen, Victoria Eskedal (lektor) Language and human rights in Nineteen Eighty-Four and Never Let Me Go
2015 Kirkvik, Anette Gender Performativity in The Handmaid's Tale and The Hunger Games
2014 Pokorna, Michaela Making of Arctic heroes. Charles Brower’s Fifty Years below Zero, Jan Welzl’s Thirty Years in the Golden North, and ideas of Arctic heroism and national character
2013 Tangen, Elise Gjerdalen “Ariadne and the rest”: Metamorphoses and transformations in A.E. Stallings' early poetry
2013 Engan, Ida Synnøve Fjelleng Prospero’s Game? A discussion of chaos and control in Shakespeare’s The Tempest
2013 Krasniqi, Shkurte Identity and Narrative in Doris Lessing's and J.M.Coetzee's Life Writings
2013 Bø, Kristian Surviving the end: A study of encounters with post-apocalyptic evil and survival strategies in Matheson's I am Legend, McCarthy's The Road, and Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Compendium One
2012 Sørensen, Marte Bakkemo Places of Evil in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Picture of Dorian Gray
2012 Mandal, Børge Narrative and Ambiguity in the Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
2012 Corneliussen, Eva Breaking the Silence: The Influence of Class,Culture and Colonisation on African Women's Fight for Emancipation and Equality in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions and Chimamanda Adichie's Purple Hibiscus
2011 Johannessen, Finn-Henning Alice in Wonderland : development of Alice’s identity within adaptations
2011 Jørgensen, Maria Berg Women, letters and the empire : the role of the epistolary narrative in Alice Walker's The color purple
2010 Oboza, Alina "This odd mix up" : intersectional spaces in Virginia Woolf’s Between the acts
2010 Holm, Birgit Kristine Aas Sexuality in Toni Morrison’s works
2010 Sojtaric, Majda “The past becomes an everlasting regret” : the interrelations between past, illusion and gender in three selected plays by Tennessee Williams
2010 Woroniecka, Urszula Joanna The quotidian, childhood memory and the changing tone of comedy as the elements of Saul Bellow's humanistic vision in "Herzog".
2009 Mikalsen, Kenneth Nature, identity and Indian survival in Louis Owens' Wolfsong
2009 Eliassen-Bakkejord, Merethe White exploitation, dehumanization and racial identity : the history of slavery and race relations in William Faulkner’s Go down, Moses.
2009 Mathisen, Kari "What's happened to this family anyway?" : the disintegration of the American family in selected plays by O'Neill, Miller, and Shepard
2008 Arntsen, Ann-Christin Turning her life into fiction : autobiography, narrative perspectives and memory in Doris Lessing’s The Memoirs of a Survivor.
2008 Berre, Tone Variations on a theme : the role of music in Toni Morrison´s Jazz
2008 Heggelund, Marte Surrogate mothers, surrogate mistresses, and surrogate memories : a comparative study of the re-presentation of the feminine possessed in “The Bear” by William Faulkner and Borderline by Janette Turner Hospital
2008 Solhaug, Sigrid Ingeborg Telling stories : invasion and isolation in J.M. Coetzee's In the heart of the country and Waiting for the barbarians
2007 Monsen, Maria Kristine Beyond imagination : the moral versus the aesthetic : philosophical and literary influences in John Banville's Frames trilogy

All theses handed in on a masters programme in Literature can be found by following this link to Munin open research archive. This includes theses on other languages too, such as Norwegian, Saami and Spanish.