Dr Daniel Cook is the School's Associate Dean for Education and Student Experience and a Reader in English Literature. His research interests include 18th- and 19th-century Scottish, Irish and English literature, Gothic literature, the history of reading, book history (production, transmission and reception), form and genre (fiction, poetry, and drama), and authorship and adaptation in theory and practice. 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 received visiting library fellowships from Yale and Oxford.
Daniel 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 North America, and regularly contributes to BBC Radio, The Conversation, and other media outlets.
Daniel is the author of Walter Scott and Short Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2021), Reading Swift's Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2020), and Thomas Chatterton and Neglected Genius, 1760-1830 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). 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 other works. 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 (UniVerse, 2021), and two plays for Playing Small Parts, Gulliver! A Fantastical Pantomime (2017) and Frankenstein Returns! (2018).
- Introduction to Literary Study (EN11001 Level 1)
- Human Futures (HU11001 Level 1)
- Approaches to Reading (EN12014 Level 1)
- Literature in Context (EN21004 Level 2)
- Literature and Society (EN22002 Level 2)
- Renaissance to Restoration Theatre (EN31024 Level 3)
- The English Novel before 1900 (EN32022 Level 3)
- The Gothic Tradition (EN42029 Level 4)
- Scottish Literature (EN51031 Level 5)
- Gothic Legacies (EN51034 Level 5)
- British and Irish Poetry, 1688-1832 (EN51022 Level 5)
- Special Author (directed reading) (EN52039 Level 5)
- Authorship and Appropriation (EN52053 Level 5)
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 and children’s literature to contemporary Gothic literature.
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Dr Cook is an award-winning scholar of 18th- and 19th-century Scottish, Irish and English literature, Gothic literature, the history of reading, book history, literary form and genre (fiction, poetry, and drama), and adaptation. Authors of specific interest include Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, and Walter Scott.
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Dundee’s literary past will provide a financial boost to the city’s present as it prepares to host a major event.
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Thursday 3 March marks World Book Day, an annual celebration of literature aimed at promoting the joy of reading to younger generations.