Steve Lukits, Royal Military College of Canada

Associate Professor English Kingston, Ontario lukits@rmc.ca Office: (613) 541-6000 ext. 6965

Bio/Research

I teach undergraduate courses, and War Studies Programme graduate courses, in war literature and the news media and the military. I have also taught advanced reading courses in literary journalism and the poetry of Wordsworth, which was the subject of my doctoral study. My main research interest ...

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Bio/Research

I teach undergraduate courses, and War Studies Programme graduate courses, in war literature and the news media and the military. I have also taught advanced reading courses in literary journalism and the poetry of Wordsworth, which was the subject of my doctoral study. My main research interest is the composition and manuscript history of the novel, Execution, about Canadian combat soldiers in Italy during the Second World War, and how its Montreal author, Colin McDougall, wrote the book based on his wartime experience as an infantry officer.

Writing for a living was my daily job for thirteen years at The Kingston Whig-Standard, where I was an editorial writer, executive and editoraial page editor, and from 1999-2002, the paper's editor-in-chief. Working at the newspaper gave me the pleasure of telling people's stories, and helping them to tell their own. As a newspaper editor, I was disciplined in the unforgiving task of answering to tens of thousands of readers, who passed judgment every day on not only every word I wrote but on everything the editorial staff published.

I came to the journalist's job after earning PhD and Master's degrees in English at Queen's University. I taught part-time there, as well as at the University of Manitoba and, briefly, at RMC. Another essential part of my post graduate education was working for two years as a masonry construction labourer in Calgary after receiving my B.A. from Trent University. I went there after growing up in Winnipeg, where my family arrived as refugees from the failed 1956 revolution in Hungary, where I was born.



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