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ENG4413 – The Early English Novel

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Course content

During the course we will study five works that cover the first century or so of the development of the novel in Britain. The course will focus on important elements in the development of the novel from romance, epistolary novel, travel literature, to the romantic-realistic novel. The emphasis will be on textual analysis and on the acquisition of knowledge about the social, political and cultural context.

Learning outcome

To acquire extensive knowledge about the development of the early English novel. To develop ability to analyse texts within their social, political and cultural context.


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The minimum number of attendants for this course is 3, the maximum 10.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the course is required. Students outside the literature program must have at least 20 sp English literature, language or civilisation.


The course is taught throughout the semester with 2 hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.
Half-way through the semester there is a period of one (autumn term) or two (spring term) reading weeks without teaching, to be used for individual study and work on assignments.
Attendance is mandatory (min. 80%)


Students will give an oral presentation on a given topic to be able to take the exam. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the two consecutive semesters when the course is given. The exam consists of a term paper of abt. 10 standard pages which potentially can form the basis for an MA dissertation.

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 the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

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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

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Facts about this course






Autumn 2010


Autumn 2010

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