Dr Daniel Cook

Lecturer in English



Dr Daniel Cook specializes in 18th- and 19th-century English, Scottish, and Irish literature, as well as book history and literary property more broadly. Before joining Dundee he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US, as well as a Donald and Mary Hyde Fellow at Harvard. He held a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship at the University of Bristol and, before that, an AHRC Research Fellowship on the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift. Daniel completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge with a thesis on the reception history of 'the marvellous boy' Thomas Chatterton. This forms the basis of his first monograph, Thomas Chatterton and Neglected Genius, 1760-1830. He has also published articles on a range of topics, from Jonathan Swift to Walter Scott, in Philological Quarterly, Review of English Studies, Eighteenth-Century Ireland, The Library, and other leading journals and essay collections.

Dr Cook serves on the executive boards of the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature, the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the British Association for Romantic Studies. For Romantic Textualities he writes a resident blog series, "Teaching Romanticism", and for Criticks he is the Reviews Editor for Media and New Media. At the University of Dundee, he is an Associate Director of the Centre for Scottish Culture.

Top tips for students

Before studying English, Daniel Cook recommends that you:

  • read the classic novels;
  • think about the role of literature, language, creativity and culture in modern society;
  • be creative: write a poem, short story or a screenplay.

External Links

Twitter: @drdanielcook   @BSECS   @BARS_official   @Dundee_Scots    @scot_literature

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Daniel Cook teaches the following modules.



In 2014, Daniel won the Creative Teaching: Recognising Innovative Practice Award at the College Teaching and Good Practice Awards, University of Dundee.

He also convenes the MLitt in English Studies and so would be delighted to hear from any prospective students.

Publications & Other Activities



Thomas Chatterton and Neglected Genius, 1760-1830 (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, 2013), 258 pp.

Edited Volumes

The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction, ed. with Nicholas Seager (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 263pp.

Women's Life Writing, 1700-1850: Gender, Genre, Authorship, ed. with Amy Culley (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 250 pp.

The Lives of Jonathan Swift, ed., 3 vols (London and New York: Routledge, 2011), 1,669 pp.

Jonathan Swift, ed. with Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House, 2009), 207 pp.

Elizabeth Sophia Tomlins, The Victim of Fancy, ed., Chawton House Library Series: Women's Novels (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009), 119 pp.

Articles & Book Chapters

'Lord Orrery's Remarks on Swift and Literary Biography after 1750', Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 28 (2013), 62-77.

'Wordsworth and the Ballad Tradition', Wordsworth in Context, ed. by Andrew Bennett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 13pp.

'The Beauties of Byron and Shelley', Romantic Adaptations: Essays in Mediation and Remediation, ed. by C. Duffy, P. Howell, and C. Ruddell (London: Ashgate, 2013), 19 pp.

'Publishing posthumous Swift: Deane Swift to Walter Scott', Jonathan Swift and the Eighteenth-Century Book, ed. by Paddy Bullard and James McLaverty (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 214-30.

'Cadenus and Vanessa: The Self-Conscious Muse', Reading Swift: Papers from the Sixth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift, ed. by Kirsten Juhas, Hermann J. Real and Sandra Simon (Munich: Willhelm Fink, 2013), pp. 401-16.

'An Authoress to be Let: Reading Laetitia Pilkington's Memoirs', in Women's Life Writing, 1700-1850: Gender, Genre, Authorship (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 56-75.

'On Genius and Authorship: Addison to Hazlitt', Review of English Studies, 64 (2013), 610-629. Published online 26 October 2012.

'Labor ipse voluptas: John Nichols's Swiftiana', in From Compositors to Collectors: Essays on Book-Trade History, ed. by John Hinks and Matthew Day (Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2011), pp. 43-60.

'Authors Unformed: Reading “Beauties” in the Eighteenth Century', Philological Quarterly, 89:2&3 (2010 [2011]), 283-309 [2011 winner of The Hardin Craig Prize for best essay]

'Authenticity among Hacks: Thomas Chatterton's Memoirs of a Sad Dog and Magazine Culture', in Romanticism, Sincerity and Authenticity, ed. by Timothy Milnes and Kerry Sinanan (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 80-98.

'The Victims of Sensibility: Elizabeth Sophia Tomlins and Jane Austen', Transactions of the Jane Austen Society (special issue: Sense & Sensibility) (2010), 18-40

'Dr. Johnson's Heart', The Cambridge Quarterly, 39:2 (2010), 186-195

'Tyrwhitt's Rowley and Authorial Editing', The Library, 7th series, 11:4 (2010), 447-467

'The Critical and the Curious: Thomas Chatterton's First Reviewers', Romanticism, 15:2 (2009), 109-120

'The Cost of Criticism', The Cambridge Quarterly, 38:4 (2009), 397-401

'D'Israeli's Peritext: A Preface to Romantic-Period Scholarship', Working with English, 4:1, The Romantic-Period Paratext, ed. Ourania Chatsiou (2008), 39-56

Notes and Miscellanea

'William Wordsworth's “The Thorn”', The Literary Encyclopaedia (English Literature), ed. by Daniel Robinson; General ed. Robert Clark (2013). www.litencyc.com

'Intellectual Property', 'Genius', 'Biography' and 'Thomas Tyrwhitt' in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789 (Criticism and Culture), ed. by Philip J. Smallwood; General eds. Gary Day and Jack Lynch (Oxford: Blackwell, 2013).

'Thomas Chatterton' in Oxford Bibliographies of British and Irish Literature, General ed. Andrew Hadfield (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) (c.150 annotated citations).

'South Sea Bubble (In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg)', Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (December 2012). http://www.bsecs.org.uk/

'The Lymiad', Times Literary Supplement, no. 5699 (22 June 2012).

'Eighteenth-Century Poetry: an overview','Alexander Pope', 'Jonathan Swift', 'Daniel Defoe', 'Henry Fielding' in The Eighteenth-Century Literature Handbook (Literature & Culture Handbooks), ed. by Gary Day and Bridget Keegan (London: Continuum, 2009).

'Composed upon Westminster Bridge, 1802' and 'The Leech Gatherer (Wordsworth)', 'I remember, I remember (Thomas Hood)', 'Mrs. Robinson to the poet Coleridge (Mary Robinson)', 'John Keats', 'Isabella Lickbarrow', 'Robert Southey', 'Adonais (Shelley)' in A Companion to Literary Romanticism, ed. Andrew Maunder (New York: Facts on File, 2009).

(ed. with Paddy Bullard and Adam Rounce) The Jonathan Swift Archive (Cambridge University Press). www.jonathanswiftarchive.org.uk

Other Activities



My research examines the various ways in which authors, editors and readers shape literary afterlives or legacies in print. This work began with my first monograph, Thomas Chatterton and Neglected Genius, 1760-1830, in which I trace the publication and reception history of the works of Chatterton, a teenage poet and forger whose works were widely read, imitated and discussed in the long eighteenth century.

More recently, I have focused on the life and works of Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, countless English and Irish political pamphlets, prose satires, and poems in all manner of styles and genres. I have also written about Wordsworth’s allusions to Chatterton and others, the literary ballad tradition, “beauties” collections, originality and genius, hack writing, and other topics.

As a book historian my research takes place against the backdrop of significant change in literary copyright in England, Scotland and Ireland and its impact on definitions of authorship in the burgeoning print culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Rather than stifling imitation and appropriation, I seek to argue, shifting attitudes towards literary property gave rise to audaciously creative acts of plagiarism, pilfering and rewriting. My recent work in this area can be found in my contribution to a co-edited essay collection (with Nicholas Seager), The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and elsewhere. Reaching across different subjects and approaches, my research always circles back to two fundamental questions. What is authorship? Who owns literature?

My broad research interests include:

  • English, Scottish and Irish literature before 1900;
  • Book history, reception history, and literary property;
  • Authorship, forgery, adaptation and appropriation;
  • Autobiography, biography, and literary afterlives;
  • Authors of specific interest include Chatterton, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Henry Fielding, Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Robert Burns, Wordsworth, and Byron.

Dr Cook is an Associate Director of the Centre for Scottish Culture: http://dundeescottishculture.org/

AHRC funded studentships are available in his research area - more details