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About Josie Billington
Josie Billington is Professor in English at the University of Liverpool, specialising in Victorian Literature and in literary reading and mental health.
She has published widely, as editor and critic, on nineteenth-century literary realism and on Victorian women’s fiction and poetry. Her publications include The Works of Elizabeth Gaskell (ed., Vol 10, Pickering & Chatto, 2006), This is Living Art: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare (Bloomsbury, 2012), George Eliot, Scenes of Clerical Life (ed., Oxford University Press, 2015), Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant (ed., Vols 10 & 24, Taylor and Francis, 2012, 2017), as well as critical works on Charlotte Brontë, Mary Shelley and Leo Tolstoy.
Over the last decade, she has led a range of interdisciplinary research projects with colleagues in Medicine and Psychology, in partnership with UK charity The Reader and health partners, regionally, nationally and internationally. This work has culminated in a monograph, Is Literature Healthy? (Oxford University Press, 2016) and an edited volume, Reading and Mental Health (Palgrave, 2019), as well as numerous articles and chapters including, most recently, contributions to the Edinburgh History of Reading (2020) and the Cambridge Companion to Literature and Psychoanalysis (2021).
Professor Billington is Research Impact Lead for the School of the Arts and co-leads the Arts, Mental Health and Wellbeing theme of the Centre for Medical, Health and Environmental Humanities at Liverpool. She is also co-Director of a new Masters in Health, Cultures and Societies. She is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College, a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow, and (currently) Vice-President of the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature (IGEL).
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