ENG4345 – The Victorian Period
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course introduces you to the literature and culture of the Victorian period, allowing you to explore peculiarly Victorian literary phenomena like sensation literature, city writing, spiritualist writing and mourning poetry, and helping you draw connections between Victorian literary works and the culture and history of the period.
After completing this course, you:
- are familiar with a range of both central and more obscure Victorian texts, and have an analytical knowledge of some aspects of Victorian literature and culture.
- 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.
Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Recommended previous knowledge
The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English. It is recommended to have taken ENG1303 – British Literature
10 credits overlap with ENG2305 – The Victorian Period
Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.
Attendance is obligatory at least 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation given to the exam coordinator.
Students must submit a qualification essay between 1 500 and 2 000 words at an appointed time during the course. This essay must be approved by the seminar leader in order for the student to be qualified to take the final exam. Read more about guidelines for compulsory activities.
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.
This 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 assessment of the course is based on a term paper of approximately 4000 words. The topic for the term paper will be determined by the teacher and student together. Students are required to submit the term paper at an appointed time. Beforehand, students will be given an opportunity to submit a draft of the term paper and receive individual feedback on both the form and content of the draft.
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.
Results will be found at the StudentWeb three weeks after the exam is completed.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, 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.