Obituary Kim Walker K i m Walker was b o m in England and travelled to N e w Zealand by ship at the age of 11, entranced at seeing whales on the way. Never really an Anglophile, she stayed, going to school in Northland and Whangarei, and then to Auckland University where she studied English literature, then travelling to Hawaii, and finally for graduate study to the University of Edinburgh, where she gained her P h D . For several years she taught in the English Departments at Trinity and University Colleges, Dublin, before being appointed to a lectureship in English at Victoria University of Wellington in 1988, with academic specialties in Renaissance studies and Shakespeare. K i m Walker died with tragic suddenness in July 2002, aged only 46, while snorkeling on a brief midwinter holiday in Vanuatu. She had just completed examining a large Shakespeare undergraduate class and afirst-yearcourse on Literature and Cultural Politics, in which she offered a case study on romantic and post-colonial readings of The Tempest. She had been diagnosed as suffenng from Parkinson's Disease five years earlier, was determined to keep on with work she enjoyed, and was about to go
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Apr 3, 2002
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