ENG4412 – Travel Literature in English

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

Course content

Travel writing is an engaging and expanding field of study. This course will discuss a selection of fictional and non-fictional texts which can all be subsumed under the broad category of 'travel literature'. Focusing on narrative technique, structure, thematics, and generic variants and characteristics, the course will consider a number of travel narratives from the eighteenth century onwards. Paying attention to elements of history and context, the course is text-oriented. Since the issue of narrative looms large in travel writing, and since travel is a key concept in postcolonial studies, references will be made to narrative theory as well as postcolonial theory.

Learning outcome

One significant aim of the course is to acquire knowledge about the studied texts and about an important and popular literary genre. A related aim is to develop the student's ability to analyse and discuss travel narratives in the light of, and aided by, relevant theory.


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the master program in European Languages, LeP or other suitable master programs.


Seminars, 2 hours per week for 12 weeks. 24 hours in all.

Obligatory activity:

  • A first draft of the term paper turned in by a stated deadline.

The obligatory activity must be approved for you to sit the exam. An approved obligatory assignment is only valid the semester you attend the course.


The form of assessment is a term paper of 12–15 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters).


Assessment guidelines 2020.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

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


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.

Marks will be published on Studentweb no later than three weeks after the submission date/exam.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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.

Facts about this course






Spring 2020


Spring 2020

Teaching language