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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
During his tenure at the University of Washington, Professor
Coldewey received a number of University of Washington research
grants, two year-long Fellowships awarded by the National
Endowment for the Humanities, and an American Council of Learned
Societies Grant. He was selected to participate in two NEH
Summer Institutes and one sponsored by the Medieval Academy of
America. He taught for an academic year as a Fulbright Exchange
Professor at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (U.K.).
For a year he was a Fellow in the Center for Local History
Studies at Nottingham University (U.K.). He contributed papers
to conferences in the United States, Canada, England, France,
Italy and Poland. His research brought him to many of the great
libraries of the English speaking world, including the Folger
Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., the Huntington Library
in San Marino, California, the Newberry Library in Chicago,
Illinois, the Bodliean Library in Oxford, the British Library
and Public Record Office in London, and Cambridge University
Libraries. In addition to these, he conducted archival work in
East Anglia at the Essex, the Suffolk, and the Norfolk Records
Offices, and in Nottinghamshire at the Nottingham and the Newark
Records Offices, and at the Nottingham University Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections.
Professor Coldewey served on the University of Washington 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 a founding member and twice
elected President of the Friends of
UW Libraries (1995-96); he was twice Vice-President of the
and Renaissance Drama Society (MRDS), an allied
organization of the Modern
Language Association of America (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 was a long-standing member of
the English Department Graduate Studies Committee.
After thirty-eight years in the English Department at the
University of Washington, John Coldewey retired as
Professor Emeritus 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 as a military road in 1974) south through Patagonia (western Argentina and southern Chile). For our blog see: http://patagonia.johncoldewey.com/
In the winter of 2012, John Coldewey was certified as Level
1 Ski Instructor by PSIA/AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of
America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors) and began
instructing at Snoqualmie Summit West and Snoqualmie Central ski
For two weeks in 2013, John Coldewey, along with five other road cyclists, followed mainly coastal roads around the island of Taiwan. For our blog see: http://taiwan.johncoldewey.com/
Starting in the third week of November 2015, John Coldewey
and his friend Ray Studebaker rode mountain bikes unsupported
into the gathering winter in northern Spain, following the
Camino de Santiago, from Leon to San Juan de Santiago (311km).
In May 2016, John Coldewey and a party of seventeen others
spent sixteen days whitewater rafting
the Colorado River and hiking the Grand Canyon,
putting in at Lees Ferry and taking out at Diamond Creek (226
This Web page can be found at http://faculty.washington.edu/jcjc/;
it was updated on June 10, 2016.