Katherine Givens, of Cape May, NJ, is a senior History major entering her final semester at Stockton. Throughout her college career, Givens has applied her major to her love of literature. Her passion provided the opportunity to receive a Distinguished Fellowship Award from the Board of Trustees.
Givens was awarded the fellowship for her project, “The Value of Historical Accuracy in Creative Writing: Grounding a Historical Romance Novel in Primary Source Research.” She explains how “[her mission] is to give a voice to a genre often criticized and undervalued. [Her fellowship gives her] a chance to prove intellectual legitimacy can be found within the pages of a romance novel.” Receiving a fellowship for this project was not easy, as the romance genre is often thought of as fluff, lacking historical accuracy, and nothing more than a simple escape.