School of English


(MA, Cambridge; MA, PhD, London)

I am interested in the interconnections between political thought and literature in the early modern period and, in particular, the mid-to-late seventeenth century. My research focuses on the formation of political identities, the languages of political engagement and the relationships between gender, citizenship and hermeneutics. I am particularly interested in the works of John Milton, the ‘republican speculations’ of his contemporaries and the influence of classical ideas of statecraft in the formation of the commonwealth. I am currently writing a monograph entitled Milton and the Ideal Citizen: Versions of Liberty, Slavery and Political Identity, 1643-1660, which considers the the ways in which Milton’s engagement with classical models in a series of his texts from 1643-1660 developed in response to his attempts to imbue the people of England with a sense of their rights and duties as citizens against a backdrop of unprecedented political transformation.

My other interests include early modern ideas of education and the curricula and pedagogy of the universities from the mid-sixteenth century onwards. My next project will focus on early modern diplomacy and diplomatic protocol in the mid-seventeenth century.

Contact Information


Office: NC 36 (Rutherford Extension)

School of English

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Book section
Cox, R. (2013). John Milton's Free Citizens and the Politics of the Family. In: Skinner, Q. and van Gelderen, M. eds. Freedom and the Construction of Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Cox, R. (2010). "Atlantick and Eutopian polities': utopianism, republicanism and constitutional design in the interregnum. In: Houston, C. ed. New Worlds Reflected: Travel and Utopia in the Early Modern Period. Ashgate.
Cox, R. (2010). Neo-Roman Terms of Slavery in Samson Agonistes. Milton Quarterly [Online] 44:1-22. Available at:
Cox, R. (2007). John Milton's Politics, Republicanism and the Terms of Liberty. Literature Compass [Online] 4:1561-1576. Available at:
Cox, R. (2008). Milton in the 21st Century. [Podcast].
Cox, R. (2008). Muffled Voices: Mary Powell, silent wife of Milton. [Podcast]. Available at:
Cox, R. (2007). Magic Moments. [Podcast]. Available at:
da Silva Perez, N. (2016). Becoming Her Words: Contemporary Performances of Texts by Women from the 16th and 17th Centuries.
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During the academic year 2016/17 I will be teaching on:

EN669 Marriage, Desire and Divorce in Early Modern Literature (Stage 3)

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Research supervision

I am interested in supervising research on any aspect of the seventeenth century, particularly topics relating to political identity, gender and rhetoric

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Professional activities

I co-edit and contribute to an innovative podcasting project, which disseminates scholarly research in new formats and on new platforms. The project is funded by an e-Learning fellowship at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, Queen Mary, University of London.

I am a member of the Society for Renaissance Studies.

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School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 823054

Last Updated: 20/03/2017