Dr Daniel Cook

Senior Lecturer

English, School of Humanities

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Dr Daniel Cook works on 18th- and 19th-century literature, book history, authorship and appropriation studies, the history of the novel, poetic genres, and Scottish and Irish writing more broadly. Authors of specific interest include Swift, Pope, Fielding, Smollett, Sterne, Chatterton, Burns, Wordsworth, Austen, Walter Scott, and Byron.

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.

Dr Cook serves on the executive boards of AuthorshipThe ScriblerianThe Literary Encyclopedia, the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature, the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the British Association for Romantic Studies. For Romantic Textualities he curates 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.


Research interests

  • British and Irish literature before 1900 (especially fiction);
  • Book history, reception history, and literary property;
  • Authorship, forgery, 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.

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


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

Daniel Cook with huge Frankenstein hand

Press Release

An exciting new series of works produced in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, and author Mary Shelley's links to the city of Dundee, will be launched later this month

Published on 15 March 2019

Being Human Dundee

Press Release

A pop-up shop in Dundee’s Wellgate Centre, inspired by the Poet’s Box where Dundonians of yesteryear performed and printed their latest creations, will serve as the regional headquarters of a national festival taking place this month

Published on 4 November 2019