Fonds UBCA-ARC-1475 - Eva-Marie Kröller fonds

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Eva-Marie Kröller fonds

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1.92 m of textual records and other material.

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Eva-Marie Kröller was born in Germany, and earned her undergraduate degree (Staatsexamen) at the University of Freiburg, and her Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Alberta. Following appointments as sessional lecturer, SSHRC postdoctoral fellow, and visiting professor at UBC's Department of English between 1978 and 1983, she joined the Department in 1984 as an assistant professor; she was promoted to associate professor in 1987, and to professor in 1993. She specializes in comparative Canadian and European literature, with an emphasis on travel writing, literary history and cultural semiotics. She was chair of the comparative literature programme at UBC from 1990 to 1995, and served as editor of Canadian Literature from 1995 to 2003, for which she won the 2004 Distinguished Editor Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Professor Kröller has been appointed an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (1987-88), a Killam Faculty Research Fellow (2009), and Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University of Berlin (1992), and at the Nordamerikaprogramm, University of Bonn (2001). She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2007. She has also won several UBC awards: the Killam Research Prize (1995), the Killam Teaching Prize (1999), and the Dean of Arts Award (2002). She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2022.

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Fonds documents several of Eva-Marie Kröller’s academic projects: her biography of British Columbia author George Bowering, Bright Circles of Colours (Talonbooks, 1992); essays on Roy Kiyooka and Emily Carr; her book Canadian Travellers in Europe, 1851-1900 (UBC Press, 1987); materials relating to her book Writing the Empire: The McIlwraiths, 1853-1948 (2021); an article entitled “Une femme bien en vue”: Adrienne Clarkson and the Media (2014); and an anthology of travel literature that she and historian Pierre Savard were planning, but which was not completed before Savard’s death in 1998 in addition to other various research materials. Also included are documents related to a workshop organized by SATE (Swiss Association of Teachers in English), and correspondence with Canadian authors. The materials consist of textual records (correspondence, notes, drafts, and readers’ reports), published materials, and a 3.5” computer floppy disk containing a digital manuscript of Bright Circles of Colours.

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Donated to the University Archives by Eva-Marie Kröller in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022.


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Permission to quote from some items in Box 4 must be obtained from Library and Archives Canada – see file list for details. Permission to quote from some of the materials in boxes 6 – 12 may need to be obtained from various archives in Canada in Europe. Please consult the typed notes, provided by Kroller, that are within the folders in these boxes.

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Further background information from the author is available in the fonds accession file at the University Archives.

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For photocopied materials, if no clear date of creation for the copy was present “n.d.” represents no date.

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Includes: 1 3.5” computer floppy disk, 4 Optical Disks, 1 VHS Tape and 1 USB Flash Drive.

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Photocopied, un-annotated journal articles or book chapters included by Kroller in her papers were not retained by the archivist in their entirety. A sample of the article or chapter’s title page was kept to note its inclusion in the fonds and so a researcher may locate the resource independently.

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