Cook, Daniel


  • Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Research), English

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Personal profile


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 AuthorshipThe 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.




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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

External positions

Editorial Board, The Scriblerian

2018 → …

Advisory Board, Authorship, Ghent University

Jan 2016 → …

Executive Board

Dec 2015 → …

External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

Nov 2014Nov 2018

Executive Board

Sep 2013 → …

Reviews Editor for Media and New Media, BSECS Criticks

2011 → …

Executive Board

Jul 2007 → …

Executive Board, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Jan 2007 → …


  • PR English literature
  • eighteenth-century literature, Romanticism, biography, autobiography, history of the book, Jonathan Swift
  • poetry
  • fiction
  • Scotland
  • Ireland

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Research Output

Reading Swift's Poetry

Cook, D., Aug 2020, Cambridge University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Swift after Horace

    Cook, D., 11 Mar 2019, Reading Swift: Papers from the Seventh Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift. Bischof, J., Juhas, K. & Real, H. J. (eds.). Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, p. 223- 250 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Copyright and Literary Property: The Invention of Secondary Authorship

    Cook, D., Jun 2019, The Cambridge Handbook of Literary Authorship. Berensmeyer, I., Buelens, G. & Demoor, M. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 384-400 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The Dundee Edition

    Shelley, M., Cook, D. (ed.), Morris, J., Kay, B., Murray, C. & Vaughan, P., 2018, UniVerse. 208 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Open Access
  • 2175 Downloads (Pure)

    Mary Shelley's Gothic Scotland

    Cook, D., 2019, Creatures of Fancy: Mary Shelley in Dundee. Jarron, M. (ed.). Dundee: Abertay Historical Society, Vol. 60. p. 107-124

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    Stephen Fry Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research

    Cook, Daniel (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Honorary Graduates’ Award for Inclusive Practice

    Cook, Daniel (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • CASS Creative and Innovative Teaching Award (winner)

    Cook, Daniel (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Fellow, Higher Education Academy

    Cook, Daniel (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Election to learned society


    University of Oxford

    Daniel Cook (Visiting researcher)


    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Byron and Scottish Poetry

    Daniel Cook (Speaker)

    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    The Aquatic City

    Daniel Cook (Member)

    Nov 2019 → …

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition

    British Association for Victorian Studies

    Daniel Cook (Organiser)

    Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    International Societies for Eighteenth-Century Studies

    Daniel Cook (Member of programme committee)

    Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Highlighting Dundee’s part in creation of Frankenstein

    Daniel Cook


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other

    New lease of life for Frankenstein’s Monster in Dundee

    Daniel Cook


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other