ALCS Essay Prize 2012

The committee of the ALCS are delighted to congratulate Leonie Bockelmann and Jenny Watson on their winning essays in the ALCS Essay Prize for 2012. 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, Leonie Bockelmann, from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, drew on a wide variety of sources for her stimulating essay on the concept of painting ‘naar het leven’ in relation to Jacob de Gheyn’s botanical drawings: “Naer het leven” and the visualisation of knowledge in an album of flower, insect and animal drawings by Jacob de Gheyn II.

In the postgraduate / early career researcher category, our winner was Jenny Watson, from the University of Sheffield, with her essay on “Deaf Ears and an Accustomed Music: Colonial Criticism in Louis Couperus’ The Hidden Force.” Although Couperus’ De stille kracht conforms to the genre of the supernatural thriller (what Patrick Brantlinger called the “imperial Gothic” genre), it does not contain the positive message about colonialism that was customary in these works.

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.