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Background and activities

Yuri Cowan holds a doctorate from the University of Toronto, Canada, and came to NTNU from a post-doctoral fellowship in the Research Project on Authorship as Performance (RAP) at Ghent University in Belgium. His current research works to describe diverse Victorian historiographies of everyday life. In the field of book history, he is interested in textual histories, the material book, and constructions of authorship, especially with regard to the circumstances of the form, publication, and reception of nineteenth-century editions of medieval texts, such as William Morris's translation of The Ordination of Knighthood, which he edited for the Morris Archive. He has published various articles on Morris, the Aesthetic Movement, ballad literature, Victorian sporting periodical literature, and the reprinting of Victorian fantasy in the 1970s; he is currently completing a book-length manuscript entitled William Morris and Medieval Material Culture, and is beginning to write about the portrayal of book technologies in science fiction. He has recently guest-edited a special issue of Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture on the subject of "Textual Histories," and is a founding editor (and was Managing Editor from 2011-2014) of the online peer-reviewed open-access journal Authorship. He is also a core member of the Enlightenment News project, headed by Paul Goring.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

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  • Cowan, Yuri. (2016) Sporting Periodicals. The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2015) Translation, Collaboration, and Reception: Editing Caxton for the Kelmscott Press. To Build a Shadowy Isle of Bliss: William Morris's Radicalism and the Embodiment of Dreams.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2012) "Reading Material Bibliography and Digital Editions". Editors, Scholars, and the Social Text.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2010) Everyday Material Culture in the Medieval Tales of The Earthly Paradise. William Morris and the Art of Everyday Life.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2007) 'Paradyse Erthly': John Ball and the Medieval Dream-Vision. Writing on the Image: Reading William Morris.


  • Cowan, Yuri. (2016) 'An Artist and a Literary Man, Pretty Well Known': The Authorial Presence of William Morris in Victorian Print Culture. Centre for the History of the Book Seminar Series ; Edinburgh. 2016-04-01.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2016) Playing at History: Anachronism and Crusader Kings 2. ESSE 2016 . European Society for the Study of English; Galway. 2016-08-22 - 2016-08-26.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2016) The Small Press Movement, Book Design, and the Origins of Modernism. Ugress 2016 . Litterært Kollektiv; Trondheim. 2016-09-14 - 2016-09-18.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2015) 'A Detail of Curious Traditionary Facts': The Justified Sinner and the Scots Mummy In and Out of the Pages of Blackwood's. James Hogg Society 2015 conference ; Toronto. 2015-04-09 - 2015-04-11.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2015) Material Texts in SF: A History of the Future of the Book. NorLit 2015 conference ; Gøteborg. 2015-08-20 - 2015-08-22.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2015) Orality, Authenticity, and the Historiography of the Everyday: The Ballad in Victorian Scholarship and Print Culture. Modern Language Association of America annual conference ; Vancouver. 2015-01-08 - 2015-01-11.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2015) 'The Handiest of Men and Skilled in Everything': Morris and the Domestic Idiom of the Saga. Modern Language Association of America annual conference ; Vancouver. 2015-01-08 - 2015-01-11.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2014) Charting a Popular Readership for Medieval Literature in the Nineteenth Century. NTNUs Middelalderseminar ; Suhmhuset, Trondheim. 2014-05-29.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2014) Worlds Die, Books Survive: Post-Apocalyptic Knowledge and Technology. Torucon 2014 ; Trondheim. 2014-08-10.
  • Cowan, Yuri. (2011) The Mirror of Everyday Life: William Morris’s Book Collecting and the Kelmscott Press. The twelfth Miraeus Lecture . Vlaamse Werkgroep Boekgeschiedenis; Erfgoed Bibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, Antwerp. 2011-09-28.