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Dr Daniel Cook’s 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.

Research interests

  • English, Scottish and Irish literature before 1900;
  • Authorship, reception, adaptation and appropriation;
  • Autobiography, biography, and literary afterlives.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 24 Jun 2008

External positions

External Examiner, Cardiff University


External Examiner, Northumbria University


External Examiner, University of Kent


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

Sept 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
  • authorship
  • adaptation
  • Gothic


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