Language on the Edge

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Language on the Edge

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Language on the Edge is less about a content than about a series of pressing questions: what is the relationship between literature and a troubled world, between reading and activism? Its themes are war, dispossession, beauty and brutality; it examines how literature can aestheticise violence but also push at the boundaries of language to give expression to the unspeakable and offer redress. It ranges from Edmund Spenser to Roberto Bolaño, from Shakespeare to Ariel Dorfman; from an English manor-house to the Niger Delta; and its central question is -- how do we read as if reading really mattered?
    Primary/introductory reading:
    Selections from Homer, The Iliad, Virgil, The Aeneid, Ariosto, Orlando Furioso
    Shakespeare, Henry V
    Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book V
    Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
    Ronan Bennett, The Catastrophist
    Ariel Dorfman, Death and the Maiden

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