In Memoriam: Angela Kershaw

It is with immense sadness that we announce the loss of our friend and colleague Dr Angela Kershaw, who passed away on Wednesday 6 June 2018.

Angela read French at the University of Nottingham (1989-1993), graduating with a First Class degree and a Swiss Embassy Prize for French. Angela stayed at Nottingham for her Masters (Distinction) and PhD, the latter of which she completed on the topic of ‘Fiction, Politics and Gender in 1930s’ France’ under the supervision of Professor Rosemary Chapman. Following posts at Oxford (St Anne’s), Leeds and Aston (2001-2008), Angela joined Birmingham in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer in French. Angela wrote extensively in the areas of inter-war French political fiction, translation, and gender. Her publications include 4 co-edited volumes, numerous articles, and books on Forgotten Engagements: Women, Literature and the Left in 1930s France (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007) and Before Auschwitz: Irene Némirovsky and the Literary Landscape of Inter-war France (New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2010). Despite her illness, and with phenomenal drive, in 2018 Angela was able to complete the manuscript for a new book with Palgrave on Translating War: Literature and Memory in France and Britain from the 1940s to the 1960s.

As a teacher and colleague Angela was exceptionally generous and committed. In word and deed Angela had the greatest concern for students’ academic and personal wellbeing, and she was extremely popular with Undergraduates and Postgraduates alike. Angela was held in equally strong affection by colleagues, to whom she always showed great loyalty, honesty, humour, and a disarming can-do attitude.

Those who knew Angela may have been aware that she had been seriously ill for some time. Nonetheless, the news of her passing came as a great shock. Angela faced her illness with extraordinary dignity, and she was an example to us, both personally and professionally. We will miss her very much

Dr Gabriela Saldanha

Angela was simply the best colleague anyone could have wished for. I first met her over coffee to discuss common research interests soon after she joined Modern Languages; she was literally bubbling with new and exciting ideas. It was contagious. We went on to organize conference panels, edit a special issue and write an article together. She made work easy, she was bright, wise, efficient and had a deep sense of collegiality. It was always a pleasure to meet for work, no matter what challenges we were facing, I would always leave encouraged and positive. Her brave and positive attitude to life came for her faith and gave her an inner strength that was simply awe inspiring. We were privileged to meet her in life and benefit from her work, her integrity is an example to learn from and I sincerely hope we, in Modern Languages, rise to the challenge of keeping her legacy alive.