ENG3316 - Special Subject: English-Language Literature before 1900


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 6 hours F

Course content

This course allows students of English-language literature to specialize in a particular research area relating to literature before 1900, although modern adaptation of pre-1900 literature may also be taught. A course offered under this code might, for example, focus on literary genres, movements, or a particular author during the Enlightenment, Romantic or Victorian periods.

A more detailed description of the academic content will be made available in the reading list at the beginning of the semester.

Learning outcome

Learning outcome


Candidates who have passed this course

  • have specialized knowledge of a particular author, genre, period or topic in pre-1900 English-language literature
  • are familiar with academic and critical understandings of pre-1900 English-language literature


Candidates who have passed this course

  • are able to use advanced close reading or other interpretative skills for advanced literary analysis
  • are able to develop and write an independent and critical literary analysis in correct academic English
  • can use relevant theory and secondary literary sources using appropriate academic writing conventions
  • can use digital tools for archival research

General Competence

Candidates who have passed this course

  • have strong oral and written English skills
  • can critically evaluate the credibility and relevance of different sources of knowledge
  • have strong analytical skills
  • may be able to work across old genres and new media of storytelling

Learning methods and activities

Learning methods and activities

A mixture of lectures and discussion-based seminars, and feedback. Students are required to use the course learning platform regularly and to make an active contribution in class.

Students should expect that this 7.5 credit course equates with approximately 10 hours of work per week, including teaching time.

Compulsory assignment(s)

  • Written work (approx. 3000 words/7-8 pages).

Approved obligatory assignment is valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester).

Compulsory assignments

  • Written work (approx. 3,000 words/7-8 pages)

Further on evaluation

About the assessment

The exam must be written in English. Information about which dictionaries students are allowed to consult during the exam will be available in the reading list at the beginning of the semester.

Course materials

Curriculum/reading list will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • English Literature
  • English
  • English Literature
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 F INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 F INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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