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Dr Daniel Cook specialises in 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 Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Thomas Chatterton, Robert Burns, Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Walter Scott, and Lord 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 The 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.


My research examines the various ways in which authors, editors and readers shape literary legacies or "afterlives" in print. This work began with my first monograph, Thomas Chatterton and Neglected Genius, 1760-1830, in which I trace the publication and reception history of the works of Chatterton, a teenage poet and forger whose works were widely read, imitated and discussed in the long eighteenth century. More recently, I have focused on the life and works of Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, countless English and Irish political pamphlets, prose satires, and poems in all manner of styles and genres. I have also written about Wordsworth’s allusions to Chatterton and others, the literary ballad tradition, "beauties" collections, originality and genius, hack writing, and other topics in Philological Quarterly, Review of English Studies, Essays in Criticism, The Library, and other leading journals, and have edited essay collections and critical editions with Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Bloomsbury, and other major publishers.

As a book historian my research takes place against the backdrop of significant change in literary copyright in England, Scotland and Ireland and its impact on definitions of authorship in the burgeoning print culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Rather than stifling imitation and allusion, I seek to argue, shifting attitudes towards literary property gave rise to audaciously creative acts of plagiarism, pilfering and rewriting. My recent work in this area can be found in my contribution to a co-edited essay collection (with Nicholas Seager), The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and elsewhere. Reaching across different subjects and approaches, my research always circles back to two fundamental questions. What is authorship? Who owns literature?

My broad research interests include:

  • 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.


Daniel Cook teaches the following modules.



In 2014, 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Master of Arts, University of Warwick

Bachelor of Arts, University of Warwick

External positions

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

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Projects 2015 2017

Research Output 2008 2018

Frankenstein Dundee

Kay, B., Cook, D. & Christie, L., 16 Sep 2018, British Broadcasting Corporation.

Research output: Other contribution

268 Downloads (Pure)

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The Dundee Edition

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access
Mary Shelley

Reading Swift's poetry, 1967–2017

Cook, D., 6 May 2018, In : Literature Compass . 15, 5, p. 1-17 17 p., e12467.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Jonathan Swift

Charles Ford’s Library: New Light on Swift and Arbuthnot

Cook, D. & Woolley, J., 2017, In : Swift Studies. 2017, 32, p. 9-44 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

40 Downloads (Pure)

The Lay of the Last Minstrel and Improvisatory Authorship

Cook, D., 2017, In : Yearbook of English Studies. 47, p. 161-185 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Aline, Inc. Bursary (Ireland)

Daniel Cook (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant

Daniel Cook (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

CASS Creative and Innovative Teaching Award (winner)

Daniel Cook (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship

Daniel Cook (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

DUSA Student-Led Teaching Awards (finalist)

Daniel Cook (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2011 2018

  • 11 Participation in conference
  • 2 Festival/Exhibition
  • 2 Public engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Being Human

Daniel Cook (Organiser)
15 Nov 201824 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition

British Association for Romantic Studies

Daniel Cook (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Reworking Walter Scott

Daniel Cook (Organiser)
2017 → …

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

Reading Swift: The 7th Annual Swift Symposium

Daniel Cook (Participant)
Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

46th Annual BSECS Conference

Daniel Cook (Member of programme committee)
Jan 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Press / Media

New lease of life for Frankenstein’s Monster in Dundee

Daniel Cook


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

Highlighting Dundee’s part in creation of Frankenstein

Daniel Cook


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other