Dr James Castell
Lecturer (research leave)
My research focuses on English Literature.
I joined Cardiff University as a Lecturer in 2014, having been a research fellow at Hertford College, Oxford. I completed my PhD at St John's College, Cambridge and have also worked with and in secondary schools in a variety of different contexts.
I am currently working on a monograph that focuses on 'animal life' in the poetry of William Wordsworth. The project builds upon recent research concerning the relationship between Romantic literature and science, the development of animal rights movements in the period, and renewed continental philosophical interest in animals and the nonhuman.
It takes a different approach to previous studies, however, by favouring close analysis of the role of poetic language in thinking philosophically about animal life. Entitled Wordsworth and Animal Life, it will contribute to a number of contemporary debates on literature and the nonhuman, as well as attempting to think in a new way about Wordsworth's reputation as a philosophical nature poet.
In addition, I am interested more broadly in critical theory, poetry and poetics, and the environmental humanities.
- Poetry and poetics;
- critical theory;
- philosophy of animals;
- nature writing;
- literature and science.