Academic journal article English Studies in Canada

Douglas James Wurtele 1922-2007: Editor, English Studies in Canada, 1990-1997

Academic journal article English Studies in Canada

Douglas James Wurtele 1922-2007: Editor, English Studies in Canada, 1990-1997

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DOUGLAS JAMES WURTELE, in the words of Judith Scherer Herz, was a "fine and funny" man. He was also a dedicated teacher, a devoted scholar, and a diligent administrator. A winner of the prestigious OCUFA teaching award in 1976, he held his final seminar in the course on satire that he was giving in the Department of English at Carleton University in March 2007 just before the onset of his last illness, and he even managed to prepare the course's examination and a marking scheme for it before he died on 7 April. A well-known scholar whose specialty was medieval literature, he continued to give papers at conferences long after he retired in 1993. Chaucer and Language: Essays in Honour of Douglas Wurtele, edited by Robert Myles and David Williams, was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2002. The chairman of the Department of English at Carleton from 1981 to 1985, he served on various committees at all levels of the University. I particularly remember his adroitness when we were raising money for the Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts (CEECT) in the 1980s--and his sensitivity when he and I visited the grieving parents of a former English student and CEECT employee in whose memory we planned to establish a scholarship.

But, above all, as he told me several times, he wished to edit a journal. …

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