Adrienne Gavin

Professor Emeritus Adrienne Gavin Co-founder and Honorary Director of the International Centre for Victorian Woman Writers 

Background and research interests

Adrienne Gavin has a background in English Literature, Law, and Criminology and has taught in New Zealand, Canada, France, and Britain. At Canterbury Christ Church University she was Director of Research for the former Department of English and Language Studies, Programme Director of the MPhil/PhD in English, and Programme Director of the MA in English which she established. An award-winning editor and author, she remains centrally involved in the ICVWW, particularly as co-project director of its From Brontë to Bloomsbury project, which is reassessing women’s writing from the 1840s to the 1930s. She is also co-director of the ICVWW’s Mary Braddon Archive project and is involved in the centre’s establishment of international links and partnerships, including interdisciplinary links between areas including English, Law, Criminology, and History.

Her research and teaching interests lie in Victorian Literature and Culture including Crime Fiction and Women’s Writing and in interdisciplinary aspects of Law and Literature. She also has interests in Textual Editing, Biography, Edwardian Literature and Culture, and the literature and culture of childhood from the Victorian period to the present. She is a leading expert on Anna Sewell and Black Beauty and on Victorian women crime writers Caroline Clive and C. L. Pirkis.

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Publications and research outputs

Current research projects include The Child and Crime, work on Victorian crime fiction, and ongoing research on Anna Sewell and Black Beauty. With Carolyn Oulton she is co-editing the five-volume series of essay collections arising from the From Brontë to Bloomsbury project, and with Gabrielle Malcolm she is co-editing Mary Braddon’s memoir of childhood Before the Knowledge of Evil, which is held in the ICVWW’s Mary Braddon Archive.

Selected Publications

  • British Women’s Writing From Brontë to Bloomsbury, 1840-1940. Volume 1: 1840s and 1850s. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Co-edited with Carolyn Oulton.
  • Transport in British Fiction: Technologies of Movement, 1840-1940. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Co-edited with Andrew Humphries.
  • Black Beauty (1877) by Anna Sewell. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. Editor.
  • Robert Cormier: A New Casebook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Editor.
  • The Child in British Literature: Literary Constructions of Childhood, Medieval to Contemporary. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Editor.
  • Writing Women of the Fin de Siècle: Authors of Change . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Co-edited with Carolyn Oulton.
  • The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective (1894) by C. L. Pirkis. London: Pickering and Chatto. 2010. Editor.
  • The Blue Lagoon (1908). By Henry de Vere Stacpoole. Valancourt Classics. Kansas City: Valancourt Books 2010. Editor.
  • Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Co-edited with Andrew Humphries. Awarded the Children’s Literature Association Edited Book Award 2011.
  • Paul Ferroll (1855) by Caroline Clive. Valancourt Classics. Kansas City: Valancourt Books, 2008. Editor.
  • Re-Embroidering the Robe: Faith, Myth and Literary Creation Since 1850 . Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. Co-edited with Suzanne Bray and Peter Merchant.
  • Dark Horse: A Life of Anna Sewell. Stroud, Glos: Sutton Publishing, 2004. The proposal for this volume won the 2000 Biographers’ Club Prize.
  • Mystery in Children’s Literature: From the Rational to the Supernatural. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001. Co-edited with Christopher Routledge.
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Wordsworth Classics. Ware: Wordsworth, 1999. Introduction, bibliography, and notes

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