Dr Daniel Cook

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Dr Daniel Cook works on 18th- and 19th-century literature, book history and reading, authorship and appropriation studies, the gothic and the fantastical, the history of the novel, poetic form and genre, and Scottish and Irish writing more broadly. Authors of specific interest include Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, and Walter Scott.

Before joining Dundee, Daniel was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 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. Since then he has held visiting library fellowships at Yale and Oxford.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of Authorship, The Scriblerian, and The Literary Encyclopedia, and on the executive committees of the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature, The Thomas Chatterton Society, and the British Association for Romantic Studies. He is the Associate Director of Dundee’s Centre for Scottish Culture and head of the Dundee Gothic Group. He has delivered public talks throughout Europe and America, and regularly contributes to BBC Radio, The Conversation, and other media outlets.


Daniel is the author of Thomas Chatterton and Neglected Genius, 1760-1830 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), Reading Swift's Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2020), and Walter Scott and Short Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2021). As well as editing essay collections and anthologies for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Palgrave Macmillan, he has produced critical editions of Gulliver’s Travels, Frankenstein, and The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, among others. In addition to numerous book chapters in volumes published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, and other major presses, his articles have appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Restoration, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Romanticism, European Romantic Review, Gothic Studies, Essays in Criticism, Philological Quarterly, and Review of English Studies. Creative outputs include a graphic novel, Walter Scott’s Scottish Tales (2021), and two plays for Playing Small Parts, Gulliver! A Fantastical Pantomime (2017) and Frankenstein Returns! (2018).

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Daniel won the Creative Teaching: Recognising Innovative Practice Award at the College Teaching and Good Practice Awards, University of Dundee. He has supervised more than a dozen PhD projects on topics ranging from bibliotherapy to contemporary Gothic literature.


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Published on 4 July 2019