Press Release

10 August 2011

Two Canterbury Christ Church academics have won international praise for their book about childhood in literature of the Edwardian period.

Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time
Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time

Professor Adrienne Gavin and Dr Andrew Humphries have been awarded the inaugural Edited Book Award by the USA Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) for their co-edited work, Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time.

The book innovatively explores classic and popular fiction from 1901 -1914, providing a comprehensive and compelling picture of the Edwardian fictional cult of childhood. It is the first time a book has been devoted to the treatment of childhood during this era, and reveals Edwardian fiction as being distinctive in its portrayal of childhood.

Professor Gavin said: “We are delighted to be the first recipients of this award, the establishment of which recognises editing skills and essay collections as central to the production of scholarship.”

Dr Humphries added: “This was a very interesting and enjoyable book to work on and the award and recognition has already inspired us to pursue other projects on this theme with equal enthusiasm as well as in other areas of scholarship.”

The pair were praised by Professor Fern Cory, Chair of the ChLA Edited Book Award Committee, who said: “On behalf of the committee I want to say how pleased we are to honour your collaborative work on this volume, which helped us come to a better understanding of what an award winning edited book should be and do.”

The award for the Outstanding Edited Book of Literary Criticism in Children’s Literature and was presented at the Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference, which was held at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, USA in June. 

Notes to Editor

  • Professor Adrienne Gavin directs the MA and PhD programmes in English Literature in the Department of English and Language Studies, specialising in Victorian literature, children’s literature, and childhood in fiction. She has recently been promoted to Professor of English Literature.
  • Dr Andrew Humphries lectures in PGCE Secondary and Primary English in the Faculty of Education and on the English Literature programmes in the Department of English and Language Studies. He specialises in modernism and Twentieth-Century Literature, as well as childhood in fiction. He recently gained his doctorate researching Transport and Cultural Transition in D. H. Lawrence’s novels.
  • Adrienne and Andrew also organized the very successful Childhood in its Time International Conference held at Christ Church in March 2009. 

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.



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