Doctoral Grant for Teachers from NWO for Amaranth Feuth
On November 18 the Doctoral Grant was formally presented to Amaranth Feuth at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
She received the NWO Doctoral Grant for Teachers. NWO provides Doctoral Grants in order to increase the number of PhD teachers in secondary and vocational education. Amaranth Feuth is a classicist and Anglicist and will start February 1 as a guest researcher at LUCAS. After her doctoral research, she plans to finish her PhD with Peter Liebregts.
While studying classical languages in Leiden (1988-1994), Amaranth became interested in underworld passages in the ancient epic and the versatile use of these passages in modern literature and film. When she later, again in Leiden, studied English (2009-2013), she came into contact with the Caribbean epic Omeros by Derek Walcott via a lecture by Peter Liebregts. This epic is filled with catabasis, dream visions and necromancy. It became the topic of her Master Thesis on which her current doctoral research is based.
Feuth's research focuses on the meta-literary character of contemporary English texts in which the character of a writer comes into contact with the underworld. Whether through a dream or vision or not, the visiting author meets deceased writers from Western literature in the underworld. Through this contact he or she finds renewed insight about their own writing.
The writers in this allegorical underworld range from the ancient Homer, Sappho and Virgil to modern authors such as James Joyce and Patrick Kavanagh.
What is so interesting about their texts in this regard? Amaranth Feuth already has some insight into this: 'The texts are strongly intertextual and, for the underworld aspect, fall back on Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid and Dante's Divine Comedy. It is interesting that the motif is especially common in cultural minorities. In this way, they reflect on the integration of Western literature into their own culture. In my research, the technical aspects of the underworld allegories as meta-literary device are central. And I work with theories from Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT) and from narratology.'