Dr Daniel Cook

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

Before joining Dundee he 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.

Daniel 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 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.


Research interests

  • English, Scottish and Irish literature before 1900;
  • Genres in fiction (gothic, fantastical, and historical);
  • Authorship, reception, adaptation and appropriation;
  • Autobiography, biography, and literary afterlives.
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  • Introduction to Literary Study (EN11001 Level 1)
  • Human Futures (HU11001 Level 1)
  • Early Modern Literature, 1564-1740 (EN11006 Level 1)
  • Romantic to Victorian Literature (EN22002 Level 2)
  • Renaissance to Restoration Theatre (EN31024 Level 3)
  • The English Novel (pre-1900) (EN32022 Level 3)
  • Scottish and Irish Fiction (pre-1900) (EN41027 Level 4)
  • The Poison Pen (BS11006 - co-taught with Life Sciences)


  • Scottish Literature, 1740-1830 (EN51031 Level 5)
  • Jonathan Swift's Major Works (EN51033 Level 5)
  • The Gothic Tradition (EN51034 Level 5)
  • British and Irish Poetry, 1680-1830 (EN51022 Level 5)
  • Special Author: directed reading (EN52039 Level 5)
  • Approaches to Literary and Visual Culture (HU51001 Level 5)

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


Illustration of James Hogg by Monica Burns

Press Release

A new edition of one of the most influential Scottish novels of all time will be launched when the Dundee Gothic Group, on behalf of the University of Dundee, hosts a 250th birthday party for its author later this week

Published on 26 January 2021

Poster for Being Human 2020

Press Release

The moon has fired the imagination of storytellers for centuries and the extravagant tales of alien life they created will help explore what it means to be human at the University of Dundee next month.

Published on 5 October 2020

Press Release

A hitherto undiscovered civilisation living beneath the River Tay are set to emerge from their aquatic asylum and deliver their verdict on our species when the University of Dundee hosts the UK’s national celebration of the humanities later this year

Published on 4 July 2019