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Dr Josie Billington BA (Hons.), PGCE, MA, PhD

Reader, and Deputy Director, Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society Psychological Sciences

    Publications

    2018

    21st Century Oxford Authors Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Selected Writings (Scholarly edition)

    Davis, P. (2018). 21st Century Oxford AuthorsElizabeth Barrett Browning: Selected Writings. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford (Book)

    Billington, J. (Ed.) (2018). Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford (First ed.). London: Pan Macmillan.

    2017

    A comparative study of cognitive behavioural therapy and shared reading for chronic pain. (Journal article)

    Billington, J., Farrington, G., Lampropoulou, S., Lingwood, J., Jones, A., Ledson, J., . . . Humphreys, A. -L. (2017). A comparative study of cognitive behavioural therapy and shared reading for chronic pain.. Medical humanities, 43(3), 155-165. doi:10.1136/medhum-2016-011047

    DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011047

    A literature-based intervention for women prisoners: preliminary findings. (Journal article)

    Billington, J., Longden, E., & Robinson, J. (2016). A literature-based intervention for women prisoners: preliminary findings.. International journal of prisoner health, 12(4), 230-243. doi:10.1108/ijph-09-2015-0031

    DOI: 10.1108/ijph-09-2015-0031

    Correspondence: Sitting and Reading as Two Routes to Community (Journal article)

    McCown, D., & Billington, J. (2017). Correspondence: Sitting and Reading asTwo Routes to Community. Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, 4(1), 165-185.

    Forget Me Not (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2017). Forget Me Not. The Reader.

    Margaret Oliphant, The Ladies Lindores, Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant (Volume 24) (Book)

    Billington, J. (Ed.) (2017). Margaret Oliphant, The Ladies Lindores, Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant (Volume 24) (First ed.). London: Taylor and Francis.

    Meanings of Pain, edited by Simon van Rysewyk. Springer International Publishing, 2016, 401 pages. (Book Review)

    Billington, J., Jones, A., & Ledson, J. (n.d.). Meanings of Pain, edited by Simon van Rysewyk. Springer International Publishing, 2016, 401 pages.. BMJ Journal of Medical Humanities.

    The Connell Guide to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Book)

    Billington, J. (2017). The Connell Guide to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1 ed.). London: Connell Guides Publishing Ltd.

    The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities, edited by Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods (general editors) with Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton and Jennifer Richards (associate editors). Published by Edinburgh University Press, 2016. (Book Review)

    Billington, J. (2017). The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical HumanitiesThe Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities, edited by Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods (general editors) with Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton and Jennifer Richards (associate editors). Published by Edinburgh University Press, 2016.. Journal of Medical Humanities.

    The Use of English (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2017). The Use of English. The Use of English, 69(1), 23-31.

    The Very Grief a Cure of the Disease (Journal article)

    Davis, P., & Billington, J. (2016). The Very Grief a Cure of the Disease. Changing English, 23(4), 396-408. doi:10.1080/1358684X.2016.1194188

    DOI: 10.1080/1358684X.2016.1194188

    2016

    A Comparison of Shared Reading and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Chronic Pain (Report)

    Billington, J., Farrington, G., Jones, A., Ledson, J., Lampropoulou, S., Humphreys, A. L., . . . Lingwood, J. (2016). A Comparison of Shared Reading and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Chronic Pain.

    An evaluation of shared reading groups for adults living with dementia: preliminary findings (Journal article)

    Longden, E., Davis, P., Carroll, J., Billington, J., & Kinderman, P. (2016). An evaluation of shared reading groups for adults living with dementia: preliminary findings. Journal of Public Mental Health, 15(2), 75-82. doi:10.1108/JPMH-06-2015-0023

    DOI: 10.1108/JPMH-06-2015-0023

    DONALD S. HAIR. Fresh Strange Music: Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Language. (Book Review)

    Billington, J. (n.d.). DONALD S. HAIR. Fresh Strange Music: Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Language.. The Review of English Studies, hgw090. doi:10.1093/res/hgw090

    DOI: 10.1093/res/hgw090

    On Not Concluding: Realist Prose as Practical Reason in Gaskell's Wives and Daughters (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2016). On Not Concluding: Realist Prose as Practical Reason in Gaskell's Wives and Daughters. The Gaskell Soceity Journal.

    2015

    "Shall I compare thee": The neural basis of literary awareness, and its benefits to cognition (Journal article)

    O'Sullivan, N., Davis, P., Billington, J., Gonzalez-Diaz, V., & Corcoran, R. (2015). "Shall I compare thee": The neural basis of literary awareness, and its benefits to cognition. CORTEX, 73, 144-157. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2015.08.014

    DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2015.08.014

    Gaskell's “rooted” prose realism (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2015). Gaskell's “rooted” prose realism. In Place and Progress in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell (pp. 159-171).

    George Eliot: Scenes of Clerical Life (Book)

    Billington, J. (Ed.) (2015). George Eliot: Scenes of Clerical Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Making sense of mental health difficulties through live reading: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of being in a Reader Group (Journal article)

    Gray, E., Kiemle, G., Davis, P., & Billington, J. (2016). Making sense of mental health difficulties through live reading: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of being in a Reader Group. ARTS & HEALTH, 8(3), 248-261. doi:10.1080/17533015.2015.1121883

    DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2015.1121883

    Reading and Writing Short Fiction: Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2015). Reading and Writing Short Fiction: Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot. The Gaskell Journal, 29, 24-36.

    Shared Reading: assessing the intrinsic value of a literature-based health intervention. (Journal article)

    Longden, E., Davis, P., Billington, J., Lampropoulou, S., Farrington, G., Magee, F., . . . Corcoran, R. (2015). Shared Reading: assessing the intrinsic value of a literature-based health intervention.. Medical humanities, 41(2), 113-120. doi:10.1136/medhum-2015-010704

    DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2015-010704

    2014

    'Cultural Value: Assessing the intrinsic value of The Reader Organisation's Shared Reading Scheme' (Report)

    Billington, J., Davis, P., Corcoran, R., Farrington, G., Lampropoulou, S., & Gonzalez-Diaz, V. (2014). 'Cultural Value: Assessing the intrinsic value of The Reader Organisation's Shared Reading Scheme'.

    A literature-based intervention for people with chronic pain (Journal article)

    Billington, J., Humphreys, A. L., Jones, A., & McDonnell, K. (2016). A literature-based intervention for people with chronic pain. ARTS & HEALTH, 8(1), 13-31. doi:10.1080/17533015.2014.957330

    DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2014.957330

    Connell Guide to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre (Book)

    Billington, J. (2014). Connell Guide to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre (1 ed.). London: The Connell Guides.

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning; 21st Century Oxford Authors (Book)

    Billington, J., & Davis, P. (Eds.) (2014). Elizabeth Barrett Browning; 21st Century Oxford Authors. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    On Kinship: Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2014). On Kinship: Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. The Reader, 53, 68-71.

    Review, Modernizing George Eliot: The Writer as Artist, Intellectual, Proto-Modernist (Book Review)

    Billington, J. (2014). Review, Modernizing George Eliot: The Writer as Artist, Intellectual, Proto-Modernist. Modern Language Review, 109(2), 502.

    ‘An Evaluation of a Literature-Based Intervention for People with Chronic Pain’ (Report)

    Billington, J., Humphreys, A. L., & Jones, A. (2014). ‘An Evaluation of a Literature-Based Intervention for People with Chronic Pain’.

    2013

    'Reading as a Participatory Art; An Alternative Mental Health Therapy' (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2013). 'Reading as a Participatory Art; An Alternative Mental Health Therapy'. Journal of Arts and Community, 5(1), 25-40.

    A literature-based intervention for older people living with dementia (Journal article)

    Billington, J., Carroll, J., Davis, P., Healey, C., & Kinderman, P. (2013). A literature-based intervention for older people living with dementia. PERSPECTIVES IN PUBLIC HEALTH, 133(3), 165-173. doi:10.1177/1757913912470052

    DOI: 10.1177/1757913912470052

    Family and Kinship (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2013). Family and Kinship. In M. Harris (Ed.), George Eliot in Context (pp. 251-272). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Margaret Oliphant Novellas Vol 10 Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant ed. by Joanne Shattock and Elisabeth Jay (Book)

    Billington, J. (Ed.) (2013). Margaret Oliphant Novellas Vol 10 Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant ed. by Joanne Shattock and Elisabeth Jay (1 ed.). London: Pickering & Chatto.

    The Victorian Sonnet (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2013). The Victorian Sonnet. In J. John (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies Online (pp. n/a). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    What is Creative Reading (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2013). What is Creative Reading. Lapidus. Retrieved from http://www.lapidus.org.uk/

    Willing Surrender: Thomas Hardy's 'At Castle Boterel' (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2013). Willing Surrender: Thomas Hardy's 'At Castle Boterel'. The Reader, 51, 67-70.

    ‘An Evaluation of a Pilot Study of a Literature-Based Intervention with Women in Prison’, (Report)

    Billington, J., & Robinson, J. (2013). ‘An Evaluation of a Pilot Study of a Literature-Based Intervention with Women in Prison’,.

    2012

    'Reading for Life': Prison Reading Groups in Practice and Theory (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2011). 'Reading for Life': Prison Reading Groups in Practice and Theory. Critical Survey, 23(3). doi:10.3167/cs.2011.230306

    DOI: 10.3167/cs.2011.230306

    A Literature-Based Intervention for Older People Living with Dementia’, (Report)

    Billington, J., Davis, P., Kinderman, P., Carroll, J., & Healey, C. (2012). A Literature-Based Intervention for Older People Living with Dementia’,.

    An investigation into the therapeutic benefits of reading in relation to depression and well-being, (Report)

    Billington, J., Dowrick, C., Robinson, J., & Hamer,, A. (2012). An investigation into the therapeutic benefits of reading in relation to depression and well-being,.

    Ashley Chantler, Michael Davis and Philip Shaw (eds), Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900 (Ashgate 2011) Eleanor Courtemanche, The Invisible Hand and British Fiction, 1818-1860: Adam Smith, Political Economy and the Genre of Realism (Palgrave Macmillan 2011) (Book Review)

    Billington, J. (2012). Ashley Chantler, Michael Davis and Philip Shaw (eds), Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900 (Ashgate 2011)Eleanor Courtemanche, The Invisible Hand and British Fiction, 1818-1860: Adam Smith, Political Economy and the Genre of Realism (Palgrave Macmillan 2011). Gaskell Society Journal, 26, 118-20.

    Get into Reading as an intervention for common mental health problems: exploring catalysts for change. (Journal article)

    Dowrick, C., Billington, J., Robinson, J., Hamer, A., & Williams, C. (2012). Get into Reading as an intervention for common mental health problems: exploring catalysts for change.. Medical humanities, 38(1), 15-20. doi:10.1136/medhum-2011-010083

    DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2011-010083

    The Connell Guide to George Eliot's Middlemarch (Book)

    Billington, J. (2012). The Connell Guide to George Eliot's Middlemarch (1 ed.). London: Connell Guides.

    2011

    'Where Does Literary Study Happen?' (Journal article)

    Billington, J., & Sperlinger, T. (2011). 'Where Does Literary Study Happen?'. Teaching in Higher Education, 16(5), 505-516. doi:10.1080/13562517.2011.570439

    DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2011.570439

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare: This is Living Art (Book)

    Billington, J. (2011). Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare: This is Living Art. London and New York: Continuum.

    Realism's Concealed Realities (Journal article)

    Billington, J., & Davis, P. (2011). Realism's Concealed Realities. Synthesis, 3. Retrieved from http://www.enl.uoa.gr/synthesis/authors.htm

    Review, Mary Jean Corbett, Family Likenesses: Sex, Marriage and Incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf (Cornell University Press, 2008) (Book Review)

    Billington, J. (2011). Review, Mary Jean Corbett, Family Likenesses: Sex, Marriage and Incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf (Cornell University Press, 2008). Journal of Victorian Culture, 275-279.

    2010

    'Primary Sources and the MA student' (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2010). 'Primary Sources and the MA student'. In A. Maunder (Ed.), Teaching Nineteenth-Century Fiction (pp. 91-120). London: Palgrave.

    Ask Me (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2010). Ask Me. The Reader, 38, 81-84.

    Gaskell Timeline (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2010). Gaskell Timeline. In R. Clark, E. Elliott, & J. Todd (Eds.), The Literary Encyclopedia (pp. n/a). n/a: The Literary Dictionary Company Ltd..

    2009

    How Can This Be Me? (Journal article)

    Billington, J., Davis, P., & Morrison, B. (2009). How Can This Be Me?. The Reader, (36), 56-65.

    Review, Penny Gay, Judith Johnston, and Catherine Waters (eds) Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), (Book Review)

    Billington, J. (2009). Review, Penny Gay, Judith Johnston, and Catherine Waters (eds) Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008),. George Eliot Review, 40, 67-69.

    2008

    Eliot's Middlemarch (Book)

    Billington, J. (2008). Eliot's Middlemarch. London and New York: Continuum Press.

    Review, George Eliot and the Discourses of Medievalism (Book Review)

    Billington, J. (2008). Review, George Eliot and the Discourses of Medievalism. Nineteenth-Century Contexts: an interdisciplinary journal, 30(2), 192-193.

    2007

    'A Place to Stand and Love In: EBB's Sonnets from the Portuguese' (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2007). 'A Place to Stand and Love In: EBB's Sonnets from the Portuguese'. The Reader, (27), 25-30.

    Review, Martin Willis and Catherine Wynne (eds), Victorian Literary Mesmerism (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2006), (Book Review)

    Billington, J. (2007). Review, Martin Willis and Catherine Wynne (eds), Victorian Literary Mesmerism (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2006),. Unknown Journal, 123-125.

    Sylvia's Lovers (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2007). Sylvia's Lovers. In R. Clark, E. Elliott, & J. Todd (Eds.), The Literay Encyclopedia (pp. n/a). n/a: The Literary Dictionary Company Ltd.

    Wives and Daughters (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2007). Wives and Daughters. In R. Clark, E. Elliott, & J. Todd (Eds.), The Literary Encyclopedia (pp. n/a). n/a: The Literary Dictionary Company.

    2006

    'Tolstoy: On Life's Verge' (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2006). 'Tolstoy: On Life's Verge'. The Reader, (22), 33-39.

    Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters, Vol 10, Collected Works of Elizabeth Gaskell, ed. by Joanne Shattock (Book)

    Billington, J. (Ed.) (2006). Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters, Vol 10, Collected Works of Elizabeth Gaskell, ed. by Joanne Shattock (1 ed.). London: Pickering & Chatto.

    2005

    'Why Read Mrs Gaskell Today' (Journal article)

    Billington, J. (2005). 'Why Read Mrs Gaskell Today'. The Reader, (17), 21-26.

    2004

    Cousin Phillis (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2004). Cousin Phillis. In R. Clark, E. Elliott, J. Todd, & R. Clark (Eds.), The Literary Encyclopedia (pp. n/a). n/a: The Literary Dictionary Company Ltd.. Retrieved from http://www.literaryencyclopedia.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5812

    2003

    The Life of Charlotte Bronte (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2003). The Life of Charlotte Bronte. In R. Clark, E. Elliott, J. Todd, & R. Clark (Eds.), The Literary Encyclopedia (pp. n/a). n/a: The Literary Dictionary Company Ltd.. Retrieved from http://www.literaryencyclopedia.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=353

    2002

    Faithful Realism: Elizabeth Gaskell and Leo Tolstoy: A Comparative Study (Book)

    Billington, J. (2002). Faithful Realism: Elizabeth Gaskell and Leo Tolstoy: A Comparative Study. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press.

    Ruth (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2002). Ruth. In R. Clark, E. Elliott, J. Todd, & R. Clark (Eds.), The LIterary Encyclopedia (pp. n/a). n/a: The Literary Dictionary Company Ltd. Retrieved from http://www.literaryencyclopedia.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=2276

    2001

    Cranford (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2001). Cranford. In R. Clark, E. Elliott, J. Todd, & R. Clark (Eds.), The Literary Encyclopedia (pp. n/a). n/a: The Literary Dictionary Company Ltd.. Retrieved from http://literaryencyclopedia.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5808

    Elizabeth Gaskell (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2001). Elizabeth Gaskell. In R. Clark, E. Elliott, J. Todd, & R. Clark (Eds.), The Literary Encyclopedia (pp. n/a). n/a: The Literary Dictionary Company Ltd.. Retrieved from http://www.literaryencyclopedia.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1699

    Elizabeth Gaskell's 'The Life of Charlotte Bronte' (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2001). Elizabeth Gaskell's 'The Life of Charlotte Bronte'. In M. Jolly (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Life Writing (Vol. 1, pp. 355-356). London & Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn.

    Mary Barton (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2001). Mary Barton. In R. Clark, E. Elliott, J. Todd, & R. Clark (Eds.), The Literary Encyclopedia (pp. n/a). n/a: The Literary Dictionary Company Ltd.. Retrieved from http://www.literaryencyclopedia.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=3725

    North and South (Chapter)

    Billington, J. (2001). North and South. In R. Clark, E. Elliott, J. Todd, & R. Clark (Eds.), The Literary Encyclopedia (pp. n/a). n/a: The Literary Dictionary Company Ltd.. Retrieved from http://www.literaryencyclopedia.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=3238
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