German with a year abroad BA
I was attracted to London because I wanted an international and metropolitan setting for my undergraduate studies. King’s was the obvious choice for its strong academic reputation and excellent German department. The department has been producing fantastic research in areas that have been extremely relevant to my personal interests, allowing me to develop my knowledge of literature post-1900 in particular.
The college has many extra-curricular activities and groups which have also been beneficial to my studies. The German Society
, of which I was president from 2010-11, produces an annual play which has been a highlight of my experience at King’s.
The German department’s partner universities
in Germany were also a decisive factor in deciding to study at King’s. I spent my Erasmus year abroad studying at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where I was able to explore other styles of literature to compliment my studies at King’s, including modules on feminist and cyborg literature.
In my dissertation, I consider the legitimacy of labelling Franz Kafka’s Der Proceß and “In der Strafkolonie” as works of dystopian fiction. This project frames these texts within the wider discourse of utopia and dystopia in the twentieth century, focusing on analyses by Ernst Bloch and Darko Suvin, whilst also taking classical dystopian novels of the same era as measures of comparison. The project focuses on the themes of sex and technology within dystopian fiction as tools of oppression which aid in maintaining a state of dystopia.
I have applied for a DAAD postgraduate scholarship to continue my studies in Berlin, and also for programmes at King’s and Cambridge, where I hope to complete an MA in European Literature or German Literature. I plan to develop my undergraduate dissertation at a postgraduate level and frame Kafka within a wider European framework of dystopian discourse and literature.