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Cox, Jeffrey N

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  • Jeffrey Cox works on the literature and culture of the romantic period. His early work helped spark a revival of interest in the drama of the romantic period. More recently, he has been part of a reconceptualization of so-called second generation romanticism, placing Keats, Shelley, and Byron more fully within their cultural context--and particularly within the intellectual circle around Leigh Hunt--and demonstrating the impact of the culture of the Napoleonic War years on these writers. He most recently published a book on the late poetry of Wordsworth, showing how the poet responds to his younger contemporaries; this book received the Marilyn Gaull Book Award from the Wordsword-Coleridge Association. He is currently working on Byron and occasional poetry.


  • romanticism, cultural studies, British literature, French literature, German literature, drama, theater, eighteenth century, nineteenth century, Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Keats,


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courses taught

  • ENGL 3000 - Shakespeare for Nonmajors
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Introduction to Shakespeare. Introduces students to 6-10 of Shakespeare's major plays. Comedies, histories, and tragedies will be studied. Some non-dramatic poetry may be included. Viewing of Shakespeare in performance is often required.
  • ENGL 3564 - Romanticism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Surveys British Romanicism, including Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, and Byron.
  • ENGL 4368 - Modern Drama
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Explores continental, British, and American drama since Ibsen.
  • ENGL 4830 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Students accepted to English Departmental Honors are enrolled in this course.
  • ENGL 5059 - British Literature and Culture After 1800
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2021
    Introduces graduate level study of Romantic, Victorian, Modern and Postmodern writing. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, historical background and secondary criticism. Cultivates research skills necessary for advanced graduate study. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 7059 - Advanced British Literature and Culture After 1800
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Studies special topics in romantic, Victorian, modern and postmodern writing. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • HUMN 3240 - Tragedy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Studies some of the great tragic works of art, music,and literature from the Greeks to the 20th century. Tragic theory is invoked as an aid to interpretation.
  • HUMN 4000 - The Question of Romanticism
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Interdisciplinary study of literature, art, and music from 1780 to 1830 in France, England, and Germany.


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