At the end of the course, students are expected to possess knowledge of:
- The literary, historical and cultural frameworks that the texts emerge from
- Modern and classic literary texts in English from different geographical areas
- Underpinnings, thoughts, and trends in literature in English from the pre-Conquest period up to the present
- English literature as world literature
At the end of the course, the student should have acquired these skills:
- Be able to analyse and understand modern and classic English literary texts from different parts of the world
- Be able to recognize and discuss a variety of literary genres such as drama, poetry and prose and place them within a literary, geographical, and historical context
- Be able to understand and discuss a range of interpretations and perspectives on literary texts
At the end of the course, the students will be able to:
- Express themselves in correct, varied and precise English, about matters concerning literature and culture
- Understand, discuss and contextualize literary texts in English from Great Britain and other geographical areas.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
|Oral exam||3/4||30 minutes||A - F|
|Portfolio||1/4||A - F|
- A prepared presentation of the portfolio handed in as a compulsory activity (10 minutes). All aids permitted.
- An extemporaneous presentation in response to a given exam question. The student's previously submitted portfolio is permitted as an aid (20 minutes).
A portfolio containing written material (an outline and inquiry paper) is to be handed in according to specifications and deadlines provided by the teacher on Canvas.
Portfolio containing an outline and inquiry paper is to be handed in according to specifications and deadlines provided by the teacher on Canvas.
Students who get one or more assignment assessed as not approved at their first attempt, are given one opportunity to hand in a revised assignment.
- Course coordinator
- Sonya Louise Lundblad
- Course teacher
- Allen Clarence Jones
- Programme coordinator
- Anne Marie Nygaard , Anne Siri Norland , Karen Marie Espeland
Method of work
|An Introduction to Literature in English (ENG115_1)||15|
|An Introduction to Literature in English (LENG115_1)||15|
|British and Irish Literature (ENG105_1)||10|
|Other Voices - Global English Literature (ENG130_2)||5|
|English Literature after 1950 (ENG130_1)||5|
|British Literature and Culture (HU0138_A)||5|
|British Literature and Culture (HU0138_1)||5|
|English Literature after 1950 (ÅEN130_1)||5|
|British and Irish Literature (MENG105_1)||10|
|Introduction to British and Irish Literature (ENG116_1)||10|
|Introduction to British and Irish Literature (LENG116_1)||10|
Most of the texts are to be found in The Norton Anthology of English Literature (ninth edition) Package 1 and Volumes D-F. The texts that are marked by * should be bought separately at SiS bookstore. Check the CANVAS course page for details. Other texts not in the anthology will be marked as available on CANVAS. Students will receive a reading schedule detailing which texts will be read from the list below.
Literary history: Paul Poplawski, English Literature in Context (Cambridge, 2008) Jonathan Bate, English Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010) Literary Terms: Abrams, M. H. and G. H. Harpham, A Glossary of Literary Terms (10th revised edition), (Cengage Learning, 2011)
Assigned texts may include the following:
The Medieval Period:
Boethius selections from The Consolation of Philosophy
"The Wife's Lament" and "The Wanderer" and The Dream of the Rood
Venerable Bede, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, "Coming of the English"
St. Gregory the Great (Alfred's translation) Preface of Pastoral Care;
Geoffrey of Monmouth, Wace, and Layamon: The Myth of Arthur's Return
Roger Loomis selections from The Development of the Arthurian Tradition.
Marie de France Bisclavret and Laustic or The Lay of the Nightengale.
Thomas Malory selections from Morte Darthur or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight*
Selections from Arte de Amandi by Andreas Capellanus.
St. Jerome selection from "Book of the Wiles of Women"
W.Mapps selections from Valorius and selections from Ovid The Metamorphosis
Geoffrey Chaucer selections from The Canterbury Tales
St. Augustine of Hippo selection on Freedom
Macrobius selection "On Dreams"
The Second Shepherd's Play or Everyman
Renaissance and Restoration Period:
Thomas More Utopia
Elizabeth I, "Speech at Tilbury"
Sir Philip Sidney, selections from The Defence of Poesy
Shakespearean sonnets "Sonnet 18, Shall I Compare Thee" & "Sonnet 130 My Mistress' Eyes"
William Shakespeare Titus Andronicus * or
William Shakespeare The Tempest *
John Milton Paradise Lost
John Donne "Holy Sonnet 18" and "The Flea"
Amelia Lanyer "Eve's Apology"
John Locke "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding"
Mary Wollstonecraft, selections from A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Olaudah Equiano, selections from The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano
Aphra Behn Oroonoko or
Horace Walpole The Castle of Otranto
Margaret Cavendish "The Blazing World"
Thomas Gray, "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"
William Wordsworth, from "Preface" to Lyrical Ballads"
"Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey
Dorothy Wordsworth: From The Alfoxden Journal
Samuel T. Coleridge: from Biographia Literaria and "The Eolian Harp"
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "Kubla Khan"
Percy Bysshe Shelley: from A Defence of Poetry
"Ozymandias", "To Wordsworth" and "Ode to the West Wind"
John Keats' letters,"Ode on a Nightingale" "Ode to Melancholy," & "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein * or
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey*
Robert Browning, "My Last Duchess"
Coventry Patmore, "The Angel in the House"
Sarah Stickney Ellis, from The Women of England: Their Social Duties and
Domestic Habits (Disinterested Kindness)
Florence Nightingale: "Cassandra"
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights * or
Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre *
George Orwell "Shooting of an Elephant"
David Jones In Parenthesis and The Anathemata,
Wilfred Owen, "Dulce Et Decorum Est"
W.B. Yeats, "Easter, 1916"
Seamus Heaney, "Punishment"
T.S. Eliot, "The Journey of the Magi", "The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock"
T.S. Eliot "Tradition and the Individual Talent"
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness
Katherine Mansfield: "The Garden Party"
Virginia Woolf "Professions for Women," Mrs. Dalloway * or To the Lighthouse*
Tom Stoppard Arcadia or Sarah Kane, Cleansed
Chimamando Adichie Half of a Yellow Sun* and "The Danger of a Single Story" (You Tube video). or
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart *
Ng'g'wa Thiong'o "Decolonising the Mind"
Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale
For the twentieth-century section of this course, we will use a wide selection of texts from The Norton Anthology of English Literature, package 2 (ninth edition). The syllabus listing these readings will be provided at the start of the semester.
Sist oppdatert: 17.10.2019