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Name: Rebecca Cuevas.
Hometown: Miami, Florida.
Program: MA – English Literature.
Length of program: 2 years.
Current research question/area: The codex of medieval knighthood in Arthurian romance literature and how this affects the way readers during the medieval era read the text as a social political device to strengthen the standing of knights, as well as later the use by the Tudors to secure their position as the rightful monarchs of England through apotheosis.
Supervisor: Kevin Whetter.
Morning glory or night owl? Night owl, definitely.
Inspiration hits you where? Where ever I am that there is no computer, hahaha. It actually hits me randomly and never in one predictable place. Often while working but not always. hence I carry a pen and paper with me everywhere.
Why Acadia? To study with Kevin Whetter and because I love the vibe of the Valley. I think it makes for a unique learning environment that is especially good for grad students. There are so many UNESCO sites in NS and I was lucky enough to stumble across a piece of the Berlin Wall in Lunenburg while I was there for the Scarecrow People Festival, and I was also able to visit Oak Island where the medieval knights known as the Templar Knights are rumored to have brought “the grail”.
Fave spot in the valley: Ah! I could never choose just one, but I can choose a town: Wolfville.
What is grad school like so far? Tough, challenging, rewarding, and fun. I have grown as an academic and had some amazing experiences so far, such as going to graduate conferences, presenting papers, meeting people whose work I admire, and learning about all the possible careers my degree can give me.
How do you deal with stress? Yoga, gym time, going to bed with some pleasure reading, photography, dancing, long walks by the ocean, talking with other University students and professors, and sometimes just a simple meal and some rest. You never know what you need, but going through grad school teaches you to really pay attention to what your body and mind are telling you.
I wish I knew how to: Sky Dive… it is on my list of things to do that I did not get to do this summer.
Next trip? San Francisco for the HERA conference.
Best advice you have ever received: “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” ~Dr. Cheryl Fury~
If you could eat lunch with anyone, who would it be and what would you order? I would love to eat lunch with Fidel Castro so I could ask him so many questions about what his life has been like. He is so outside the box and he was friends with El Che. I can only imagine how fascinating that lunch would be. What would I order? Un Cohibo, una cafe y una botella de ron, con un sandwich cubano. Pues que pasar un media dia hablando. (A Cohibo, an espresso, and a bottle of rum, with a Cuban sandwich. Maybe we will spend half the day talking.)
Hopes for your research impact on the world? I hope this thesis demonstrates the ideology of medieval texts were complicated and nuanced. We assume people during Malory’s time we not sophisticated readers, but many of the ideological codes found in Arthurian legends concerning chivalry are very much relevant today. These codes have undergone a change of language, and our knights have been made over into other honorable male figures. I hope this opens readers up to realize we have very old and very universal ideas that we honor and hold dear through out the ages: the universal human condition.