ENG4341 – English Renaissance Literature

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Course content

This course provides an introduction to the literature of the English Renaissance, studied in a variety of historical contexts—poetic, intellectual, religious, and political.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • have a broad understanding of the most important literary trends in renaissance England,
  • can analyse the trends as connected with the ideas and socio-political development of the period,
  • have critical reading and writing skills in English,
  • can produce fruitful research questions and engage with scholarly debates about individual writers and/or the period as a Whole,
  • know how to use the most relevant research databases such as Early English Books Online (EEBO)


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.

The student must have been accepted into the master's degree programme in literary studies or the teacher education programme (LAP).


Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2301 – English Renaissance Literature


Seminars, 2 hours per week for 11 weeks. 22 hours in all. Two of the seminars will be devoted to developing your research methods and term paper.

Obligatory activity:

  • A preliminary draft of your term paper turned in by a stated deadline. The preliminary draft must be at least 5 pages (2 000 words), in addition to footnotes and bibliography), and contain the introductory paragraphs. You will get feedback on both the language and content of your draft. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved postponements here.
  • For autumn 2020, attendance is not required, but highly recommended.

All obligatory activities must be approved for you to sit the exam. All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester. Approved obligatory activities are only valid the semester you attend the course.


The form of assessment is a term paper of 15 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). References and bibliography comes in addition. You can either choose your own topic or select from a list of suggested topics. In any case, you will need to develop a thesis statement to be approved by the lecturer. Also, the paper should make use of at least six different secondary sources (material published by an academic press or journal).

You will be offered individual term paper supervision.

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.

The result can be found in Studentweb within 3 weeks after the examination.

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.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course






Every autumn

For the autumn semester 2020, this course will have manual admission.

Contact the study administration for more information.


Every autumn

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