ALCS Essay Prize 2011

The committee of the ALCS are delighted to congratulate Sophie Reece-Trapp and Dirk Schoenaers on their winning essays in the ALCS Essay Prize for 2011. The two winners each receive £100 and one year’s free membership of the ALCS, which includes a subscription for 2012 to our award-winning academic journal Dutch Crossing, including access to the complete online archive of Dutch Crossing via the publisher’s website.

In the undergraduate category, Sophie Reece-Trapp, from the University of Cambridge, drew together both postcolonial and feminist theory to produce a very thought-provoking analysis of several twentieth-century Curaçaoan literary works in an essay titled“The Paradox of Male Hegemony and the Subversive Role of Women in Dutch Curaçaoan Literature (1935-1990)” .

In the postgraduate / early career researcher category, our winner was Dr Dirk Schoenaers, from the University of Liverpool, with his article on “The Middle Dutch Translation of Froissart’s Chronicle (ca. 1450). Historiography in the Vernacular and the Ruling Elite of Holland.” Froissart’s chronicle – originally written in French, and relating the events that led up to the Hundred Years War and the first half of that war (1322-1400), was translated into Dutch in the mid-fifteenth century, and Schoenaers provided an illuminating analysis of Gerard Potter’s translation, a version which served the interests of the ruling elite of Holland.

Other entries received across the two categories covered a wide spectrum, from sociolinguistics to film studies – the first time we have had an entry in the latter area, we believe. As ever, it was enjoyable to read entries from across the range of disciplines, and we look forward to what next year’s entries will bring.

Once again, hearty congratulations to both our winners. The deadline for entries each year is September 30th, and essays on any area of Dutch/Low Countries studies are eligible.