Licentiate

Literary Subversion & Dissidence

foundation | 10 semesters | 360 Credits

The college campus is wholly enclosed within the estate and grounds of Clagsborough Ghyll, known locally as the Ghyll, a rambling suburban house located on the south east outskirts of Clagsborough in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The building boasts a unique and eclectic mix of architectural styles, reflecting a history of modifications, rebuilds, and additions that date from its town-house beginnings in the early 18th century to the 1940s, when the Clagsborough municipality designated it as a listed building under the Town and Country Planning Act 1947. In 1963, the Ghyll was purchased by Jamāʻat al-Ikhwān al-Idries (the Brethren of Enoch), a revolutionary Anarcho-Sufi tariqa then led by Muhammad Yaqub al-Idrisi, who adapted it for use as an international college, offering places for up to 12 residential students who study for a Licentiate in Literary Subversion & Dissidence.

Clagsborough College is renowned for allowing students to study and think about whatever they want, when they want, but under the principle of service to humankind through the literary and magical arts. There's no pass or fail here. We presuppose that those who choose to attend do so because they are self-motivated and self-reliant learners.  Each student is encouraged to research educational theory and evaluate their own performance. Assessment is a wholly democratic process and credits are awarded by consensus. Self-deception is futile because the licentiate awarded by the college is recognised only by Jamāʻat al-Ikhwān al-Idries, a union devoted to worldwide subversion and dissidence. Our order facilitates peaceful anarcho-socialist revolutions across the globe.

Likewise, students are encouraged to systematically develop their own programmes of study. The aim is neither to emulate academic research methods nor to to acquire skills for the job market. Preparing for work in the neoliberal polity is, we believe, like polishing one's neck for the noose. The supposition is that attendance at our college is motivated by a fervent desire to peacefully dismantle the free market economy and instigate a libertarian socialist love-revolution worldwide.

The exemplar programme outlined below was developed by Fortitude J. Huddlebeck. During the foundation stage, Fortitude aims to write a series of short creative literary responses to 80 selected texts, including poems, plays, short stories, novellas, and novels, as a means of facilitating his understanding of literature in English and as platform for developing his writing skills. His ambition is to then write a full-length novel that will contribute to the collapse of neoliberal capitalism.
 

  Semester
Topics

Semester
Duration

Primary
Texts

Licentiate
Credits

Fn Introducing
Literature
Poetry, Drama, Prose 15 months - 25 - - 60 -
The Gothic 15 months - 25 -
Modern Writing 15 months - 25 -
The Postcolonial 15 months - 25 -
S01 Shakespeare | Postcolonial Poetry 05 months - 10 - - 30 -
S02 The Long Eighteenth Century 07 months - 15 - - 30 -
S03 Jane Austen | The Brontės 05 months - 10 - - 30 -
S04 The Victorian Era 07 months - 15 - - 30 -
S05 Early Fantasy | Gender & Specfic 05 months - 10 - - 30 -
S06 Romanticism 07 months - 15 - - 30 -
S07 H. G. Wells | Welsh Fantasy 05 months - 10 - - 30 -
S08 Arabic Fantasy 07 months - 15 - - 30 -
S09 Steampunk | Dystopias 05 months - 10 - - 30 -
S10 Postwar Specfic 07 months - 15 - - 30 -

© Julian Yaqub, December 2017