Fonds AR078 - Patricia Köster fonds

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Patricia Köster fonds

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  • [198-?]-1992 (Creation)
    Köster, Patricia

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61 cm of textual records

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Patricia Jean Koster was born in Victoria on 25 September 1932. She obtained an Honours B.A. in English at the University of British Columbia in 1953, an M.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1955, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of London in 1958. Her B.A. graduating essay was entitled "Voyage Literature of the Eighteenth Century" and her Ph.D. thesis dealt with "Political Satire in the Works of Dr. Arbuthnot", which was issued in 1981 in the first series of British Theses relating to British History, 1688-1715, A Collection on Microfilm.

From 1953 to 1955 Professor Koster worked as a teaching assistant at Berkeley, and in 1958 was appointed instructor at Victoria College, being promoted to lecturer in 1959. She continued as a part-time lecturer at Victoria College/U. Vic. until 1964; from 1965 to 1966 she was a research assistant at U. Vic., and in 1966 was appointed Assistant Professor, receiving a promotion to associate professor in 1973.

Professor Koster's major fields of interest have been eighteenth-century literature, the novel, drama, satire, stylistics and bibliography, and she had published numerous articles in these areas. Her edition of Anecdotes by Baptist Noel Turner, 1739-1826, was published by Garland Publishing Inc. in 1982. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a Canada Council Research Grant in 1977-78 and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant in 1978-79 and 1979-80.

Professor Koster has also served on several administrative committees, including the Campus Development Committee (1979-1980), the Graduate Faculty Admissions and Awards Committee (1980-1981), the Senate Committee on Extension Programmes (1988-1991), and the Senate Committee on Academic Standards (1990- ). In the last few years she has been developing courses at the upper level (300 and 400 courses) and the graduate level on women's fiction in the 18th century, and is now directing a number of theses in this area.

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The fonds consists of Köster's research material on Baptist Noel Turner; 18th century society and politics, women authors, and correspondence of Roger Manley; plus minutes of meetings of the University of Victoria English Department, 1972-1981.

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1983-148, 1996-107

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2021-12-01 rev.

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  • English

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