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Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2305 – The Victorian Period


Seminars, 2 hours per week for 14 weeks. 28 hours in all.

Obligatory activities:

  • For spring 2021, attendance is not required, but highly recommended.
  • An essay of 1,500–2,000 words turned in by a stated deadline.

Both the obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester for you to sit the exam. Fulfilled course requirements 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.

2 of those hours are spent in seminars with the seminar leader. 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 seminar 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 by your seminar leader.

This is a seminar based course. The group sessions consist primarily of student driven literary discussion. This means that while it is 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 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 will determine the topic together with the lecturer.

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.

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.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course






Spring 2021

This course is taught irregularly


Spring 2021

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