ENG1304 - American Literature

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Course content

This course provides a general introduction to American literature, where the main focus is on the nineteenth and the twentieth century. Attention will be paid to the ways in which literary texts speak to the reader, and the syllabus texts will be studied in terms of developments in literary history and the history of ideas.

Wherever relevant, the teaching will draw on the wider historical, social and cultural context from which the texts spring.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • have an overview of American literature, its central themes, literary periods, and key artistic features
  • can analyze literary texts in a variety of genres
  • can write an essay that makes literary-critical arguments
  • can express yourself in appropriate academic English

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Lectures are open to the public. Seminar teaching requires admission to the course.

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English

Teaching

One hour lectures for twelve weeks and two hour seminars per week for 8 weeks, 28 hours in all.

Attendance is obligatory at least 6 out of 8 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam coordinator.

ENG1304 consists of lectures, in which you learn about some central aspects of each primary text and its historical, cultural and/or literary contexts, and seminars, which consist mainly of student-driven literary discussion. This means that while it’s fine to prefer listening to talking, you should be prepared to contribute to discussions throughout the term. The more of your week you spend exploring the primary texts yourself (or in conversation with classmates), the more you will get out of seminars.

You will get written feedback on your qualification paper.

As a full-time student you are expected to spend at least 12 hours a week studying for this course.

In seminar weeks, two of those hours are spent in seminars with your teacher, one hour is spent attending lectures, and nine hours are free for your own studies. In non-seminar weeks, one hour is spent attending lectures, and 11 hours are free for your own studies. These hours should be spent reading, making notes on and reflecting on primary texts, exploring secondary texts and criticism, completing the assignments given by your seminar leader, and preparing to contribute your own viewpoints and ideas to class discussions. You may also want to spend some of this time working on your essay writing skills and discussing the course material with other students.

You are expected to come prepared to each seminar. This means that you have completed the assigned reading and any other assignments given by your seminar leader.

ENG1304 requires you to study secondary literature on our primary texts, and to learn how to make use of it in your own written work. Over the course of the term, you should learn how to use the university library's resources, both physical and online, to find relevant secondary literature.

Students must turn in an essay of 5 pages (2000 words) by a stated deadline during the semester. The essay has to be approved by the teacher in order for the student to sit the exam. Read more about guidelines for compulsory activities.

Examination

The evaluation is based on a 4-hour written exam.

Previous exams.

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

You are allowed to use one English-English dictionary on the exam. Thesaurus and Encyclopedias are not allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Bachelor

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

English