James Castell

Dr James Castell is Lecturer in English Literature, having joined Cardiff University in 2014. He had previously been a research fellow at Hertford College, Oxford. He completed his PhD at St John’s College, Cambridge and has also worked with and in secondary schools in a variety of different contexts.


Jamie is 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, he is interested more broadly in critical theory, poetry and poetics, and the environmental humanities.


Articles and Essays

  • ‘Wordsworth, Peter Bell, and Animal Life’, Grasmere ’09, ed. by Richard Gravil (Humanities-Ebooks, 2009).
  • ‘Wordsworth and the Society of Birds’, in Grasmere 2010, ed. by Richard Gravil (Humanities-Ebooks, 2010).
  • ‘Wordsworth, Silence and the Nonhuman’, The Wordsworth Circle, 45.1 (2014).
  • ‘William Wordsworth’, in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, 1780–1880, ed. by Norman Vance and Jennifer Wallace  (Oxford University Press, 2015 forthcoming).
  • ‘Wordsworth and the Life of Things’, in The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth, ed. by Richard Gravil and Daniel Robinson  (Oxford University Press, 2015 forthcoming).