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"I cannot describe to you my sensations on the near prospect of my undertaking. It is impossible to communicate to you a conception of the trembling sensation, half pleasurable and half fearful, with which I am preparing to depart . . . .There is something at work in my soul which I do not understand. I am practically industrious--painstaking, a workman to execute with perseverance and labour--but besides this there is a love for the marvelous, a belief in the marvelous, intertwined in all my projects, which hurries me out of the common pathways of men, even to the wild sea and unvisited regions I am about to explore. . ."
--Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Professor Coldewey served on the University Center
Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Advisory
Board (a component of UWired)
and the Department
of English Placement Committee. He served as
Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of the Council of Editors of Learned
Journals (1988-93). He was twice elected President of The Friends
of UW Libraries (1995-96) and as Vice-President of the Medieval
and Renaissance Drama Society (MRDS), an allied
organization of the MLA. He
was the American representative on the European
Medieval Drama Council (1995-99). He also
served on the University of Washington Faculty Senate Executive
Committee, the College of Arts and Sciences Standing Committee
for Department of
Scandinavian Studies, and the English Department Graduate
Professor Coldewey retired in June 2010.
For six weeks in 2011, John Coldewey, along with
seven other mountain bike riders, followed the Carretera
Austral (the 1300km unpaved "southern
highway" begun by Pinochet in 1974) south through Patagonia
(western Argentina and southern Chile).
In the winter of 2012, John Coldewey was certified as Level
1 Ski Intructor by PSIA/AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of
America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors).
For two weeks in 2013, John Coldewey, along with five other
road cyclists, followed coastal roads around the island of
This Web page can be found at http://faculty.washington.edu/jcjc/; it was updated on November 26, 2013.