ENG4341 – English Renaissance Literature
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course provides an introduction to the literature of the English Renaissance, studied in a variety of historical contexts—poetic, intellectual, religious, and political.
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
10 credits overlap with ENG2301 – English Renaissance Literature
Seminar, two hours per week for 11 weeks, 22 hours in all. Two of the seminars will be devoted to developing your research methods and written term paper.
- Attendance is obligatory 9 out of 11 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.
- In order to qualify for the exam (submission of term paper) students must submit a preliminary draft of your term paper by a stated deadline. The preliminary draft must be at least 2000 words (excluding footnotes/bibliography), that is, approximately 5 pages written out in fluent prose, and containing the introductory paragraphs. You will get feedback on both the language and content of your draft.
All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester. All obligatory attendance and assignments are only valid the semester you attend the course.
The assessment of the course is based on a term paper of approximately 4500 words (excluding footnotes/bibliography).
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 (“problemstilling”), to be approved by the teacher.
The paper should make use of at least six different secondary sources (material published by an academic press or journal).
Students will be offered individual term paper supervision.
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 result can be found at 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.