British Literature and Culture 1600–1980 2007

Learning outcome

The student is to develop the ability to realise the significance of cultural and literary history not just for modern Britain, but for all the countries that have been connected with the British tradition. The student is also expected to enhance his/her ability to reflect critically, in oral as well as written form, about the topic of the course. Finally, the students are expected to achieve a basic knowledge of central writers and their works, together with cultural currents from the period in question, and thus be able to orient themselves and develop further their own knowledge in the field.

Course Description

From the Renaissance onwards, Britain developed a rich and comprehensive literary tradition, which proved important far beyond the country's borders. At the same time, the country went through major cultural and political changes. The core of the course is a selection of primary texts of poetry, fiction and non-fiction from this period of nearly four hundred years. The texts will be placed within their historical context through survey lectures, but will also be discussed as individual works. The majority of the texts will be from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Assessment Methods

The mid-term evaluation in the course will include written or oral tests and/or essays that count in total 40 percent of the final mark. The final written or oral exam counts 60 percent. Both of these tests need a pass mark in order for the student to pass the course, and in both cases marks will be given on a scale from A to F, where E is the lowest pass mark, and F is a fail.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Peter Fjågesund <>, last modified Øystein Heggelund - 07/02/2012