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Course content

The course covers the years from 1790 to 1830, a period characterised by radical ideas and rebellion against tradition and convention, both in politics and in literature. The syllabus contains a broad selection of texts by the most prominent poets, novelists, and thinkers of the time.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • can analyse a variety of genres, including novels, poetry, life writing and political writing,
  • are familiar with a range of both central and more obscure Romantic-period texts, and have an analytical knowledge of some aspects of the literature and culture of the Romantic period,
  • know how to use primary and secondary sources to explore relevant historical and cultural contexts, and how to use those contexts to inform your readings of literary texts,
  • are able to engage critically with other literary critics and theorists in your written work.


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 teacher education programme (LAP).


Recommended previous knowledge

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

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2304 – The Romantic Period


Seminar, two hours per week for 11 weeks, 22 hours in all. This includes one two-hour group tutorials to develop your research methods and written term paper.

Obligatory activity:

  • In order to qualify for the exam (submission of term paper) students must submit a preliminary draft of their term paper by a stated deadline. The preliminary draft must be between 1 500 and 2 000 words (excluding footnotes/bibliography). Your preliminary draft must be accepted by the teacher in order for you to hand in your exam. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved postponements here.
  • Students are expected to attend all teaching. The quality of the teaching depends on active participation in all seminars. If you are not able to attend, you must give notice to the seminar teacher no later than the same day as the absence.

All 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.

Two of those hours are spent in seminars with your teacher. The other 10 hours should be spent 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 class discussions. You may also want to spend some of this time working on your essay writing skills and discussing the course material with other students.

You are expected to come prepared to each seminar. This means that you have completed the assigned reading and any other assignments given in the reading pack.

ENG4344 is a seminar-based course, meaning that classes consist primarily of student-driven literary discussion. This means that while it’s fine to prefer listening to talking, you should be prepared to contribute to discussions throughout the term. The more of your week you spend exploring the set texts yourself (or in discussion with classmates), the more you will get out of seminars.


The exam is a term paper of 4000 words. You are permitted to go under or over this margin by 10%. You will have the opportunity to receive comments on drafts of your paper. You are supposed to work with the assignment throughout the whole semester.

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 at 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.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course






Autumn 2021

For the autumn semester 2021, this course will have manual admission.

Contact the study administration for more information.


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