Stephen Karian

Stephen Karian
Professor and Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair of English
235 Tate
573-882-1784
Education

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

BA, Oberlin College

Research and Teaching

Restoration and 18th-century British literature, bibliographical and textual studies, book history.

Many of Karian’s publications focus on Jonathan Swift, including his book Jonathan Swift in Print and Manuscript, published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. His articles have appeared in SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Studies in Bibliography, Huntington Library Quarterly, and elsewhere. With James Woolley, he is editing Swift's complete poems in four volumes for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift being published by Cambridge University Press. He is also co-editor of the Swift Poems Project, which manages an electronic archive of textual information related to Swift's poetry. Both projects were supported by a Scholarly Editions Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; publicity about these projects appears here, here, and here. He is Secretary/Treasurer of the Johnson Society of the Central Region.

Awards and Honors

National Endowment for the Humanities

Fellowship, 2022-23

Scholarly Editions Grant, 2012-15

Fellowship, 2011-12

Summer Stipend, 2003

 

Other External Awards

Spencer Research Library Travel Award, University of Kansas Libraries, 2020

Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship for research in Dublin, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2011

Visiting Research Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub, 2010

Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship for research in Dublin, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2003

Richard H. Rodino Prize, Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies, 2002

Aubrey Williams Research Travel Award, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2000

Ernst Philip Goldschmidt Fellowship, Rare Book School, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1998

 

Internal Awards

Research Council Large Grants, 2022, 2018, 2017, and 2015

Arts and Humanities Domestic Travel Awards, 2021, 2019, 2017, and 2016

Research Council Small Grants, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2014, and 2012

Strategic Investment Program Tier 3 Award, University of Missouri System, 2020

College of Arts and Science Research Leave, 2020-21

Faculty International Travel Awards, 2019, 2017, 2015, and 2013

Richard Wallace Research Incentive Grants, 2019, 2014, and 2012

MU Arts and Humanities Small Grants, 2013, 2012, and 2011

Arts and Science Alumni Organization Faculty Incentive Grant, 2013

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, English Graduate Student Association, 2013

PRIME Fund award, 2012-15

Research Board Grant, University of Missouri System, 2012

Travel Fund, College of Arts and Science, 2012

Selected Publications
Swift as a Manuscript Poet
Book Chapter

"Swift as a Manuscript Poet," in Jonathan Swift and the Eighteenth-Century Book, ed. Paddy Bullard and James McLaverty (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 31-50

The Limitations and Possibilities of the ESTC
Article

"The Limitations and Possibilities of the ESTC," The Age of Johnson 21 (2011): 283-97.

Jonathan Swift in Print and Manuscript
Book

Jonathan Swift in Print and Manuscript (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Edmund Curll and the Circulation of Swift's Writings
Book Chapter

"Edmund Curll and the Circulation of Swift's Writings," in Reading Swift: Papers from the Fifth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift, ed. Hermann J. Real (München: Wilhelm Fink, 2008), 99-129.

Authors of the Mind: Some Notes on the QSUM Attribution Theory
Article

"Authors of the Mind: Some Notes on the QSUM Attribution Theory," Studies in Bibliography 57 (2005-06): 263-86 (Project Muse).

Reading the Material Text of Swift's Verses on the Death
Article

"Reading the Material Text of Swift's Verses on the Death," SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 41 (2001): 515-44 (JSTOR or Project Muse).