I’m a bookworm from Holland, who’s now a doctoral student in English literature at the Department of Languages. I’ve majored in Psychology and English at the University of Amsterdam (that’s the one right in the old center of the city). My BA thesis in psychology discussed a possible developmental disorder in G.K. Chesterton, my BA thesis in English was about Tolkien and Lewis, and my MA thesis on 19th century fairytale collection. Film history, filmmaking, philosophy and music history have also always fascinated me. However, one of my main interests is Old English and Middle English, both literature and language.
My research therefore focuses on Middle-English visionary Julian of Norwich, (1342 to circa 1416), the first Englishwoman of letters, whom you may know from T.S. Eliot’s quoting her in “The Four Quartets”: “sin is behovely, but all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well”. My research project consists of a narratological approach towards her two works.
When I’m not busy doing research or devouring good books, I enjoy writing short stories and poetry, playing the harp, watching Doctor Who, and baking pies.