ALCS Essay Prize 2009

The committee of the ALCS are delighted to congratulate Dr Demmy Verbeke and Grant Price on their winning essays in the ALCS Essay Prize for 2009 . The two winners each receive £100 and one year’s free membership of the ALCS, which includes a subscription for 2010 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 category for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers, Dr Verbeke’s essay on Swag-bellied Hollanders and dead-drunk Almaines, a lively and scholarly study of two early modern English texts that claimed to be translations from the Dutch and German, won against stiff competition. Dr Verbeke’s essay will be published in Dutch Crossing in due course. One of the other entries received in this category will also be appearing in Dutch Crossing in the fullness of time – evidence of the high quality of the entries once again this year. As ever, it was a great pleasure to read all the entries in this category.

In the undergraduate category, the judges were impressed by the sound argument and structure of Grant Price’s detailed analysis of the connecting themes of parenthood and male rivalry in Karel Glastra van Loon’s novel De Passievrucht (1999). Other entries also dealt with literary topics, from the Middle Ages to the present day. The historians and linguists must have had a year off at the undergraduate level, but we look forward to contributions across the full range of Dutch Studies next year.

Once again, hearty congratulations to both our winners. The deadline for entries each year is September 30th.