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    Dr Jenny Bavidge

    Murray Edwards College
    New Hall
    University of Cambridge
    CB3 0DF

    Fellow in English



    Before I joined Murray Edwards in 2012, I had heard that the College had a strong reputation for English. I quickly came to appreciate its many other strengths: the College’s open, dynamic community is matched by its quirky, airy architecture. My teaching room is all cool, white, modernist brickwork but the view from the window is of blossom and, on lucky days, herons.

    Degrees and honours:

    • BA (Oxon),
    • MA (Lon),
    • and PhD (Lon)

    Awards and prizes

    • Pilkington Prize 2012 (for excellence in teaching)
    • HEFCE Promising Researcher Award 2007 (in conjunction with the Centre for International Research in Children’s Literature and Culture at the University of Reading).

    Research interests

    • environmentalism and literature,
    • twentieth century and contemporary literature,
    • children’s literature
    • childhood studies,
    • children’s geographies,
    • and the literature of London.


    Dr Bavidge took her BA in English Literature and Language at Worcester College, Oxford and then an MA and PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. She taught at the University of Greenwich until 2011 when she joined the University of Cambridge as a University Lecturer (Senior Lecturer from 2014) and Academic Director in English Literature at the Institute of Continuing Education, where she oversee courses in English, Creative Writing and Film for part-time and continuing education students.

    She joined Murray Edwards as a Fellow in 2012, and contributes to Tripos teaching covering topics from 1830 to the present day. She also supervises graduate students in the Faculty of English and acts as personal tutor for graduate students at Murray Edwards.

    Outside Cambridge, she is President of the Literary London Society and sits on the committee of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.


    • (with Robert Bond) ed. City Visions:  The Work of Iain Sinclair  (Cambridge Scholars Press, April 2007) and ‘Introduction’, pp. 1-7.
    • ''Cities Will Sing”': Natural New York’ in Children’s Literature and New York City eds. Padraic Whyte, Keith O'Sullivan (Routledge, 2014).
    • ‘Vital Victims: Senses of Children in the Urban’ in Children in Culture Vol. 2, ed. Karin Lesnik-Oberstein (Palgrave, 2012).
    • ‘Rats, Floods and Flowers: London’s Eco-Gothic’ in London Gothic, ed. Lawrence Phillips and Anne Witchard (Continuum, 2010).
    • ‘Ecocitizens: what would urban criticism of children’s literature unearth?’ in Deep into Nature: Ecology, Environment and Children’s Literature, eds. A Waller et al. (Papers from the IBBY/NCRCL 2008 Conference. Pied Piper, 2009).
    • ‘Exhibiting Childhood:  E. Nesbit and the Children’s Welfare Exhibition of 1912-3’ in Worlds Enough and Time: Childhood in Edwardian Fiction, ed. Adrienne Gavin (Palgrave, 2009).
    • ‘Spatial Stories:  Representing Children’s Geographies’, Children’s Geographies (December 2006).