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Sabbatical research by English professor published in prestigious journal

February 1, 2017 9:45 AM
Hadley Mozer
Professor Dr. Hadley Mozer at Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, ancestral estate of Lord Byron

The latest issue of European Romantic Review, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the study of Romanticism, features an article by Dr. Hadley J. Mozer, Flagler College Associate Professor of English and scholar of British poet Lord Byron.

The article revisits a passage in Byron’s comic masterpiece “Don Juan” that has traditionally been read as a nostalgic recollection of Newstead Abbey, the ancestral estate that Byron had been forced to sell a few years earlier under financial duress.  Nuancing the passage, Mozer argues that the “nostalgic” recollection of Newstead simultaneously functions as satire of the picturesque and of early 19th-century real estate auctioneering discourse.    

The article was researched and written while Mozer was on sabbatical leave in fall of 2014, during which time he presented a conference-length version of the article at Newstead Abbey itself and conducted additional research at the British Library.

The article — titled “‘Dan Phoebus takes me for an auctioneer’: Byron’s Nostalgic Sketch of Newstead in ‘Don Juan 13,’ the Picturesque, and Real-Estate Auctioneering Puffery”— can be found here.

This is the second article Mozer has placed at the prestigious journal. His first one, a piece on Percy Shelley’s frequently anthologized sonnet “Ozymandias,” appeared in 2010 and won the journal’s “Best Article Prize” for the year.

Mozer is slated to present another paper on Byron and commercial culture at the 2017 conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, which meets in Ottawa in August.