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Adam  Kozaczka

Adam Kozaczka

PhD Candidate and Humanities Center Fellow

301 Tolley Humanities Building

    • Degree: Began PhD program in 2012
    • Concentration: British Literature (19th-century)
    • Advisor: Mike Goode and Erin Mackie

    Adam's study of eighteenth century and Romantic literature in Great Britain emphasizes the origins of the historical novel, the roles of nation and ethnicity in the literary and political process of Union, and the relationship between the criminal law's notion of "character evidence" and the novel's sense of character. He is currently writing a dissertation entitled Romantic Legalism about how novels by Sir Walter Scott, William Godwin, Frances Burney, and Jane Austen inform and are informed by trends in criminal jurisprudence that, during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, held the character of an offended gentleman — like the character of a knight-errant from a romance — to function as an acceptable and effective defense in a modern court of law. Adam has taught nearly all of the 100-level ETS courses at Syracuse University, the most recent of which was an Ethnicity and Literary Texts course focused on Scottish and Irish heritage in the context of British "internal" colonialism.

    • MA English, Syracuse University
    • BA Comparative Literature, Fordham University