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Dr James Castell

Dr James Castell


Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth

+44 (0)29 2087 5410
2.05, Adeilad John Percival , Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU


My research focuses on English Literature.

Additional publications

‘William Wordsworth’ in Norman Vance and Jennifer Wallace (eds.), Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, 1780-1880 volume (Oxford University Press), forthcoming 2015.

‘Wordsworth and the Life of Things’ in Richard Gravil and Daniel Robinson (eds.), Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth (Oxford University Press), forthcoming 2015.

‘Wordsworth, silence and the nonhuman’ in The Wordsworth Circle 45.1 (2014), pp. 58-61.

‘Wordsworth and the Society of Birds’ in Richard Gravil (ed.), Grasmere 2010 (Penrith: Humanities-Ebooks, 2010), pp. 65-76.

‘Wordsworth, Peter Bell, and animal life’ in Richard Gravil (ed.), Grasmere ’09 (Penrith: Humanities-Ebooks, 2009), pp. 146-157.


Review of Peter Heymans, Animality in British Romanticism: The Aesthetics of Species in The Coleridge Bulletin, at press.

Review of James Vigus (ed.), Informal Romanticism (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2012) in The Coleridge Bulletin ,41 (2013).

Review of Ashton Nichols, Beyond Romantic Ecocriticism: Toward Urbanatural Roosting (New York and Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) in Romanticism (Edinburgh University Press), 18.2 (2013), pp. 221-224.

Review of Denise Gigante, Life: Organic Form and Romanticism (London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009) in Romanticism (Edinburgh University Press), 17.1 (2011), pp. 131-133.


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.





  • Castell, J. 2015. William Wordsworth. In: Vance, N. and Wallace, J. eds. The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature Volume 4: 1790-1880., Vol. 4. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 325-346.
  • Castell, J. 2015. Wordsworth and 'the life of things'. In: Gravil, R. and Robinson, D. eds. The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth. Oxford Handbooks of Literature Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 733-746.






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.

Research Interests

  • Poetry and poetics; 
  • critical theory;
  • Romanticism; 
  • philosophy of animals; 
  • ontology; 
  • nature writing; 
  • literature and science.