Rachel Walkover

 Rachel Walkover
Mentor: Dr. Florin Curta
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"This project started as an idea for my honors thesis, a part of which will be submitted to the University Scholars Program. My topic branches two of my favorite academic areas--History and French Literature. Additionally, this research project is allowing me the opportunity to work closely with my mentor, an opportunity I would not have had otherwise."





Research Interests

  • Medieval History
  • France
  • Literature

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Dean's List
  • Anderson Scholar of Highest Distinction


  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Golden Key Honour Society


  • Footprints Buddy and Support Program
  • Diocese of St. Augustine Ministry for Persons with Disabilities Summer Camp
  • Camp Boggy Creek

Hobbies and Interests

  • Music (Performing and listenting)
  • Writing
  • Cooking
  • Reading

Research Description

Reality within the Fantasy: the Romances of Chrétien de Troyes
In this project I will study the way in which Chrétien de Troyes references events or aspects of daily life in the twelfth century, and the purpose of such references in his romances. The historical significance of such remarks has been glossed over, but aside from an antiquarian interest in the twelfth-century realia of north-central France, there is a much deeper historical meaning in those literary references. In my research I will examine primarily the romances of Chrétien de Troyes as well as other relevant primary and secondary sources in order to determine if and where there are any places where the world in which Chrétien himself lived can be viewed. By doing so, I plan to delineate the common area of competence about current events, which the author (Chrétien) shared with his audience, which is a neglected area of historical research.