• The Dissenting Mind: The Aikin Family, 1740s-1860s, co-editor with Ian Inkster (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • Charles Lamb, Coleridge and Wordsworth: Reading Friendship in the 1790s (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

'outstanding [...] James builds an interesting, original, nuanced and persuasive literary argument around significant biographical moments and their associated texts and contexts. [...] Future study prompted by James's work promises to 'open onto wider meanings' (p. 214), as this admirable and inspiring book has already brilliantly succeeded in doing.' Alison Hickey's review in The Review of English Studies 2010 61(248):153-155. Full Review

James's scholarly and accessible work situates Lamb's early writing in the context of the febrile revolutionary debates of the 1790s […] Among the many delights of this book is its ability to suggest particular times and locations; James is an evocative scene-setter […] James's accomplished and scrupulously documented book builds admirably upon the scholarship of Winifred F. Courtney, Jane Aaron, and Denise Gigante, and extends Lucy Newlyn's work on the relationship between allusion and sociability in romantic writing. […] This study considerably enhances our understanding of the early relationship between Lamb and Coleridge and will be essential reading for any reader interested in Lamb, his circle, or the politics of literary networks in the 1790s. Tim Milnes's review in Studies in Romanticism 2011 50.4: 722-26.

'Felicity James's book is a significant contribution to our understanding of Lamb and his place in English Romanticism. A model of scholarly erudition conveyed with admirable clarity of style, it is a pleasure to read'. Robin Schofield's review in The Coleridge Bulletin, New Series 34, Winter 2009: 56-62

Chapters in Books

  • ‘Wordsworth the Friend’, The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth, ed. Richard Gravil and Daniel Robinson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • ‘Evil, Past and Present, in “Lois the Witch” and Other Short Stories’, Evil and Its Variations in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell: Sesquicentennial Essays, ed. Mitsuharu Matsuoka (Osaka, JP: Osaka Kyoiku Tosho, 2015).
  • ‘Writing Female Biography: Mary Hays and the Life-Writing of Religious Dissent’, Women's Life Writing, 1700-1850, Gender, Genre and Authorship, ed. Daniel Cook and Amy Culley (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp.117-32.
  • ‘At Home with Jane: Placing Austen in Contemporary Culture’, Uses of Austen: Jane's Afterlives, ed. Gillian Dow and Clare Hanson (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: 2012), pp.132-53.
  • ‘Lamb the Shakespearean’ in Great Shakespeareans, ed. Adrian Poole (London: Continuum, 2012).
  • ‘“Socinian and Political-Economy Formulas”: Martineau the Unitarian’, in Cora Kaplan and Ella Dzelzainis (eds.), Harriet Martineau: Subjects and Subjectivities (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009)

Journal Special Issues

  • Cross-Cultural Negotiations: Romanticism, Mobility, and the Orient, Poetica 76 (2011), co-edited with Kaz Oishi. Includes my own essay ‘Thomas Manning, Charles Lamb, and Oriental Encounters’, pp. 21-36.

Online Resource


  • ‘Lamb’s Essays in The Reflector: A Bicentenary Celebration’, Charles Lamb Bulletin, 156 (2012), pp. 117-158.
  • ‘A Life of Dissent: Harriet Martineau and Unitarianism’, special issue, 'Women and Rational Dissent' ed. Gina Luria Walker and Grayson Ditchfield, Enlightenment and Dissent 26, (2010), pp. 80-112.
  • ‘Twenty First Century Lambs’, Charles Lamb Bulletin, 151 (2010), pp. 54-63. ‘Bibliography of Charles and Mary Lamb, 1998-2010’, Charles Lamb Bulletin, 151 (2010), pp. 64-71. Click here to see this bibliography on the Charles Lamb Society website.
  • ‘A Day in Heaven: Charles Lamb’s reading of The Excursion’ Charles Lamb Bulletin, 149 (2010), pp. 18-27.
  • ‘Lamb and The Adventures of Ulysses’ Charles Lamb Bulletin, 147 (2009), pp. 107-115.
  • ‘Neighbours: Wordsworth and Harriet Martineau’ Charles Lamb Bulletin, 145 (2009), pp. 13-23.
  • ‘Re-reading ‘Resolution and Independence’, Charles Lamb Bulletin 139 (July 2007)
  • ‘Coleridge and the Unitarian Ladies’, Coleridge Bulletin NS 28 (Winter 2006)
  • “‘Wild tales” from Shakespeare: Readings of Charles and Mary Lamb’ Shakespeare, 2.2 (December 2006)
  • ‘Writing in Dissent: the poetry of the Monthly Magazine’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 3 (October 2006)
  • ‘Agreement, Dissonance, Dissent: the many conversations of “This Lime-Tree Bower my Prison”’, Coleridge Bulletin NS 26 (Winter 2005)
  • ‘Coleridge and the Fears of Friendship, 1798’, Coleridge Bulletin NS 24 (Winter 2004)
  • ‘“Sweet is thy sunny hair”: an unpublished poem by Charles Lamb’, Charles Lamb Bulletin 127 (July 2004)

Dr James is the reviewer of works published on Romantic fiction for The Year’s Work in English Studies, and also writes essay reviews for Review of English Studies, Romanticism, Essays in Criticism, The Coleridge Bulletin, The Charles Lamb Bulletin, and for BARS.

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