ENG2304 – The Romantic Period
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course introduces you to the literature and culture of the Romantic period in Britain, 1790-1830. It allows you to explore a wide variety of literature from a period characterised by radical ideas and rebellion against tradition, and helps you learn to draw connections between Romantic-era literary works and the culture and history of the period.
After completing this course, you:
- can analyse a variety of genres, including novels, poetry, life writing and political writing,
- are familiar with both central and more obscure texts from the Romantic period, and with an overview of some aspects of Romantic-period literature and culture,
- can interpret texts in relation to their historical and cultural contexts,
- can enter critical conversations with other literary critics in your written work.
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Recommended previous knowledge
The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.
10 credits overlap with ENG4344 – The Romantic Period
Seminar, two hours per week for 10 weeks, 20 hours in all. This includes one two-hour group tutorial to develop your research methods and written term paper.
- Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements here. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
- You must write a qualification essay (between 1 500 and 2 000 words) to be accepted by the teacher in order for you to hand in your exam. It is obligatory to hand in a first draft of your semester paper.
All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester. All obligatory attendance and assignments are only valid the semester you attend the course.
As a full-time student you are expected to spend at least 12 hours a week studying for this course.
Two of those hours are spent in seminars with your teacher each week. The other 10 hours should be spent reading, making notes on and reflecting on primary texts, exploring secondary texts and criticism, completing the assignments posted in reading packs on Canvas, 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 in the reading pack.
ENG2304 is a seminar-based course, meaning that classes consist primarily 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 set texts yourself (or in discussion with classmates), the more you will get out of seminars.
The assessment of the course is based on a term paper of approximately 4000 words (8 pages). The topic for the term paper will be determined by the teacher and student together. Students are required to submit the term paper at an appointed time in Inspera. Beforehand, students will be given an opportunity to submit a draft of the term paper and receive individual feedback on both the form and content of the draft.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
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.
The results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
You must do all obligatory activities, including attendance, in this course again if you want to qualify to re-take the exam. Admission depends on capacity.
Withdrawal from an examination
A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.
If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.