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Judith Cowan fonds
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7 m of textual records
9 audio cassettes
ca. 306 photographs
3 video cassettes
4 compact discs
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Judith Cowan, author, translator and professor, was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She received a BA in Modern Languages and Literature in 1965 and a MA in French Literature in 1969 from the University of Toronto. She received an MA in English Literature in 1970 from York University where she also lectured during the 1970-1971 academic year. She completed her PhD in Canadian comparative literature at l'Université de Sherbrooke in 1983. She has been a professor of Canadian, American and English Literature at l'Université de Quebec at Trois-Rivières since 1973. Cowan has translated numerous poems by Quebec writers for Ellipse magazine, a magazine that specializes in translations of Canadian literature. She has also translated whole works by authors such as Gérald Godin and Yves Préfontaine. She was awarded a Governor-General's Award in 2004 for "Mirabel," her translation of Pierre Nepveu's "Lignes aériennes." She has authored and published several collections of short stories, including "Gambler's Fallacy," and has several novels in progress.
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Fonds consists of: personal and professional correspondence, including letters and email exchanged with family and individuals involved in Canada's literary community such as Steven Heighton and David Helwig; essays written while Cowan was a student; correspondence, notes and drafts of her work as a translator; research notes and drafts of her short stories and novels; professorial records including tenure and promotion files, course evaluations, and other material that documents her career as a professor at l'Université de Québec at Trois-Rivières; correspondence and manuscripts relating to her involvement with the literary community in Québec; and examples of Cowan's work with digital photography. Accession 2007-052 includes photographs of Judith Cowan receiving the Governor General's Literary Award in 2004.
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Donated by Judith Cowan.
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Some documents are in French.
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Access is restricted to file 2003-027/013(04) and accessions 2007-039, 2009-038, 2011-045/002 to 2011-045/004, 2014-035, 2016-054, and 2019-080 until Judith Cowan's death.
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Legacy file lists available at http://archivesfa.library.yorku.ca/fonds/ON00370-f0000249.htm (2009-039 not included).
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Accruals are expected on a periodic basis.
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- Cowan, Judith Elaine (Subject)
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2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.