ENG2340 – Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course gives an overview of American literature in the nineteenth century with major emphasis on the American Renaissance, realism, naturalism, and the local color movement. The syllabus consists of selected, representative essays, poems, short stories, and novels from the period.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • understand the development of American literature during the nineteenth century, the literary texts' historical context, and the characteristics of various literary genres
  • can critically analyze nineteenth-century American essays, short stories, novels, and poems
  • have good skills in scholarly writing


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.

Admission to the course is required to attend seminars. This course is not available for exchange students.


Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended students have taken at least 10 ECTS in literature/culture, preferably ENG1304 – American Literature. The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4340 – Nineteenth-Century American Literature


Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.

For spring 2022, attendance is not required, but highly recommended.

You prepare for the seminars by studying the primary texts and completing assignments given in the group or posted in Canvas. All handouts in connection with the course will be available in Canvas.


The form of assessment is a 3-day home examination.

Previously given exam assignment and assessment 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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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.

If it is only the classroom exam you have missed because of illness, you can apply for a postponed exam. Please contact the exam coordinator.

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)

Facts about this course






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Every spring

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