Story by Tyler Carter
Troy Wellington Smith, a graduate student at the University of Mississippi, recently traveled to Nottingham, U.K., to attend “The Romantic Byron,” a one-day conference held by the Newstead Byron Society and Nottingham and Trent University.
At the conference, Smith presented his paper titled “P.L. Møller: Kierkegaard’s Byronic Adversary.” The paper theorized that the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard turned against the English poet Lord Byron because of the metonymy between him and his (Kierkegaard’s) frenemy, the poet and critic P.L. Møller.
The former editor of The Byron Journal suggested that Smith send his revised edition to the new editor of the publication. After expanding on the original, Smith did just that. Last month, he heard from the editor that the reviewer recommended the essay for publication, and it is scheduled to appear in the June 2014 issue of the journal. This is Smith’s first publication and recommends this experience to any graduate student who wants to visit this conference as well.
“Anyone interested in Lord Byron should consider a trip to Nottingham. It is not far from Byron’s ancestral home, Newstead Abbey,” said Smith.
John Z. Kiss, dean of the Graduate School, said he is very proud of the academic endeavors graduate students take on in the classroom as well as bettering their crafts through research outside of the classroom.
“Publication in peer-reviewed journals is an important part of success in scholarly endeavors,” Kiss said. “I am always pleased to learn that our graduate students are publishing articles in journals. This accomplishment signifies to me that our graduate programs are working well in training students and that they are creating new knowledge through their efforts in research.”
Smith, who obtained his Bachelor of Arts in English literature and history from Swarthmore College in 2005 and his Master of Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2012, said he knew that this great achievement would not be possible without the help of the graduate school and his department.
“I thought I should write to share the good news and to thank you all for making this possible,” said Smith. “I really appreciate it!”