The contribution that Scotland has made to the Arts and Humanities, over many centuries, is truly astonishing. Literature in particular provides endless means for understanding ourselves and others, and for experiencing the world around us and far, far beyond it. As an educator and researcher, it is with great pride that I can help identify and champion the life-changing roles the Arts and Humanities retain right across our country.

A Chair in English and Scottish Literature, Professor Daniel Cook is also the Associate Dean for Education and Student Experience in the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law at the University of Dundee. His teaching and research interests include 18th- and 19th-century literature, Gothic studies, literary form and genre, authorship, and adaptation in theory and practice. Authors of specific interest include Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley. 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 is the author of Frankenstein Retold (Bloomsbury), Gulliver’s Afterlives (Bloomsbury), Walter Scott and Short Fiction (Edinburgh University Press), Reading Swift’s Poetry (Cambridge University Press), and Thomas Chatterton and Neglected Genius, 1760-1830 (Palgrave Macmillan). As well as editing essay collections and anthologies for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and Routledge, 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, Edinburgh University Press, 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.