Amos Abrahams (Wolfson Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities)

  • PhD English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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Amos Abrahams studied for his undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick, graduating in 2013. Immediately following that, Amos relocated to Edinburgh to undertake an MSc in Literature and Modernity. After a brief spell away from academia, Amos returned to Edinburgh in 2015 and began a PhD under the supervision of Professor Olga Taxidou. His research is supported by the Wolfson Foundation.

Amos' current research interests lie in: Modernist theatrical praxes; the concepts of tragedy and 'the tragic'; the received implications of scientific advances; and the relationship between knowledge, embodiment, and subjectivity. Drawing these interests together, Amos' PhD project examines a reconceptualization of the tragic within the work of Gertrude Stein, Bertolt Brecht, and Samuel Beckett, particularly in terms of their radical engagement with notions of theatricality itself. Noting the significant cultural impact of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and the development of quantum mechanics in the first half of the 20th Century, Amos is interested in examining the ways in which the epistemological and ontological implications of these developments were received and responded to by the playwrights in question. Notions of acausality and indeterminancy seemed to suggest a physical limit to scientific knowledge as it had historically been understood; Amos' thesis contends that this cultural and intellectual moment can be held in relation to Nietzsche's stipulation in The Birth of Tragedy that tragic perception can only emerge again at the point when scientific logic "bites its own tail".

Amos read for the 2015-16 James Tate Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.

  • June 2016: '“What am I”: Issues of scientific enlightenment and subjectivity in Gertrude Stein’s 'Doctor Faustus Lights The Lights.EGO 'Progress' Conference, University of Oxford.