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Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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


Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4344 – The Romantic Period


Seminar, 2 hours per week for 10 weeks. 20 hours in all. One of the seminars will be devoted to developing your research methods and term paper.

Obligatory activity:

  • Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absence or postponements here. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
  • An essay of between 1 500 and 2 000 words. It is obligatory to hand in a first draft of your term paper.

All obligatory activities must be approved for you to sit the exam. All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester. Approved 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. You spend 2 of those hours in seminars with the lecturer each week, and you should spend the remaining 10 hours 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 discussions in the seminars. You may also want to spend some of those hours working on your essay writing skills and discussing the course material with your fellow students.

You are expected to come prepared to each seminar. In other words, you are supposed to have completed the assigned reading and any other assignments given in the reading pack before the seminars.

ENG2304 is a seminar-based course, meaning that seminars consist primarily of student-driven literary discussion. This means that while it is fine to prefer listening over talking, you should be prepared to contribute to discussions throughout the semester. The more of your week you spend exploring the set texts yourself (or in discussion with your fellow students), the more learning outcome you will get from the seminars.


The form of assessment is a term paper of 8 pages (4 000 words). You will determine the topic for the term paper together with the lecturer.

On beforehand of submitting your final term paper, you will be given the opportunity to submit a draft of the term paper and receive individual feedback on both the form and content of the draft.

Asssessment guidelines

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

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.

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.

The results will be found in Studentweb within 3 weeks after the examination.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

For those who want to retake their exam: Since the form of assessment in this course is a term paper, you must follow the seminars and write a new paper in order to qualify. 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.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

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