Academic journal article Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Memoir: Dorothy Margaret Atkinson (1923-2011)

Academic journal article Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Memoir: Dorothy Margaret Atkinson (1923-2011)

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Dorothy Atkinson was born in Sheffield in 1923. She read modern languages at the University of Sheffield, graduating in the middle of the Second World War. She then studied for a teaching diploma, taught briefly at secondary level and began research at Manchester for her MA in Hispanic Philology, awarded three years later.

Meanwhile, down in Birmingham, Joe Manson had been operating for a number of years as one of those doughty Hispanic Studies one man bands already dotted around the country. But in 1946, the University of Birmingham relented and gave him a tiny pot of gold with which he was at last able to make an appointment. He chose Dorothy, who came to teach Philology and anything else that might be necessary. Portuguese was among her areas of knowledge but it is doubtful whether Joe Manson realized at the time just how important this last detail was to become. Manson had chosen a person after his own stamp - full of quiet but steely determination. When the Spanish Civil War had ended, Joe was back in Spain by the end of June 1939; and thus, similarly, at the close of the Second World War, sessional vacation having arrived, Dorothy took a fellow student of languages at Sheffield by the hand and dragged her kicking and screaming deep into Salazar's Portugal. …

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