The study of English at North London is seen not so much a discrete skill as a means of engaging with fundamental ideas regarding what it means to be human. We see studying literature as a means of questioning our deepest held beliefs, whilst also allowing us to empathise with situations and states of mind we are yet to encounter, so that when we do face them we are all the better prepared.
The study of English leads us into diverse areas. Philosophical questions arise; history is the perpetual nightmare that is impossible to escape; writing in other languages are often relevant or need considering; other art-forms offer models, influences, aims, inspirations, antagonists; ethical debates are engaged in; religious faiths and their histories come into question; the social sciences - psychology, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, to name but a few - have their part to play, or their difficulties to ponder. The subject ‘English' operates in many directions: the expansiveness of the subject can exhilarate as well as occasionally terrify ...
Students attend a reading by the Pulitzer Prize-Winning novelist, Richard Ford