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Professor Phillip Davis

Research Fellow

Philip Davis is Emeritus Professor of Literature and Psychology  at the University of Liverpool where he was Director of the Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society (CRILS).


The story of CRILS and its relation to The Reader outreach organization is told in Reading for Life (OUP, 2020) and Arts for Health: Reading (Emerald, forthcoming October, 2020). His publications also include The Victorians in the Oxford English Literary History series,  Reading and the Reader, The Transferred Life of George Eliot, and Bernard Malamud: A Writer’s Life. He has published work on Shakespeare, Johnson, and Wordsworth, and on literature and brain imaging. He is editor of two series with Oxford University Press, The Literary Agenda and My Reading, and a series with Anthem on Bibliotherapy.