This course is discontinued

ENG2510 – Englishness

Course content

The course will give an historical introduction to Englishmen’s attitudes to their own national identity. Through the reading of theories of nationalism, secondary literature on the phenomenon of Englishness, and the study of literary and non-fictional texts from the 19th and 20th centuries, we will seek to investigate how a particular English nationalism has found different cultural expression at different periods.

Learning outcome

You will acquire a greater knowledge about English culture, literature and history, and develop your abilities in the critical analysis of texts.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

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

Recommended previous knowledge

Can be taken as a first course, but it will be an advantage for the student to have taken the courses ENG1505 – British Civilisation, and ENG1503.


The teaching will run through the entire semester, and will consist of a double class in the form of a seminar, a total of 28 hours. There are two weeks in the middle of the semester (one in the autumn, two in spring) which the students will devote to study and the writing of essays. Students are required to take part in the classes.


Within a set deadline every student is required to submit one obligatory written work (5 standard pages, about 11.500 characters). The teacher will give feedback on this work, which has to be approved in order for the student to be able to sit the exam. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the two consecutive semesters when the course is given. The evaluation is based on a final three-day home exam.

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.

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