Dr Philip Cox

Job: Head of School

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): Centre for Adaptations

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6129

E: ptcox@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/humanities


Personal profile

Dr Philip Cox is Head of the School of Humanities. He studied as both an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of York where he completed a doctoral dissertation on the pastoral poetry of William Blake. 

Before coming to De Montfort University, he taught at the University of Leeds and Sheffield Hallam University.

His current teaching and research are predominantly related to British literature of the Romantic period, particularly the drama. Much of his work has focussed on issues of generic categorisation and processes of adaptation from one genre to another. 

Applications are invited from research students who are interested in working on any aspect of British Romanticism.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Adaptations

Key research outputs

Gender, Genre and the Romantic Poets (Manchester University Press, 1996) (‘one of the best introductions to Romanticism’, Fred Botting, Romanticism on the Net)

Reading Adaptations: Novels and Verse Narratives on the Stage, 1790-1840 (Manchester University Press, 2000) (‘an important contribution to popular culture studies as well as those of Romantic-era drama’, Year’s Work in English Studies)

Critical scholarly edition (with introduction, annotations and appendices) of Charles Lloyd, Edmund Oliver (Pickering and Chatto, 2005) (‘The editor … has done a thorough and illuminating job … an excellent introduction, sound and expansive annotation’, Robert Morrison, The Wordsworth Circle)

Critical scholarly edition (with introduction, annotations and appendices) of Thomas Holcroft, Selected Plays (Pickering and Chatto, 2007) (This collection will surely become the standard edition … for scholarly reference', Miriam L Wallace, Keats-Shelley Journal)

‘Adaptation’ and ‘Melodrama: Origins and Development’ in The Encyclopedia of Romanticism (ed Burwick, Goslee and Hoeveler; Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

‘Perfectly harmless and secure’?: The Political Contexts of Thomas Holcroft’s He’s Much to Blame’ in Re-viewing Thomas Holcroft, 1745-1809 (ed. Wallace and Markley; Ashgate, 2012.

Research interests/expertise

  • British literature of the Romantic period
  • Romanticism
  • Romantic drama
  • Generic classification and adaptation
  • Stage adaptation
  • Thomas Holcroft

Areas of teaching

Romantic and Victorian Literature


  • B.A. (Hons) English, University of York, 1983
  • M.A. English Romantic Literature, University of York, 1984 (period of study transferred to D.Phil registration)
  • D.Phil. 'Aspects of Pastoral in William Blake's Epic Poetry', University of York, 1989

Courses taught

English BA (Hons)

  • Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • English in the Workplace

Honours and awards

Fellow of the English Association

Current research students

First Supervisor

PhD Claire McGowan (part-time)
C19th Letters from Irish Emigrants to America

Second Supervisor

PhD Natalie Hayton (full time)
Adaptations of Little Red Riding Hood
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