Dr Peter Cook

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Literature , Health and wellbeing , Education and teaching

Research Supervision:Yes

Peter’s research explores the ways in which creative writers: poets, playwrights and novelists, have contributed to the education and wellbeing of children and young people, usually by changing hearts and minds. The Romantic poets and Victorian novelists are his main areas of interest.



Peter spent ten years lecturing in Africa and the Middle East. He has taught in all phases of the UK education system. His research interests are wide publications ranging from Kenneth Grahame to Anita Desai. He is a regular reviewer for Brontë Studies and co-author of that journal regular ‘Brontë Reading Lists’. His book The Romantic Legacy of Charles Dickens was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018

Research interests

  • The Child in Romantic Literature
  • Charles Dickens
  • The Brontës
  • Children’s literature
  • Literature and learning to read

Areas of research supervision

  • The role of books in the pedagogy of literacy
  • Creativity in education
  • Literature in education


  • MA Education
  • BA Primary Education Studies


  • PhD in Literature
  • MA in Education
  • BA in English

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, The Charles Dickens Fellowship
  • Member, The Brontë Society

Selected recent publications

Cook, P., Rebecca Bowler,May Sinclair and the Brontë myth: Rewilding and Dissocialising Charlotte, Brontë StudiesVol. 46 no.3, July 2021, 317-319:

Cook, P., Pearson, S. L., Ogden, J., 2019.‘A Brontë Reading List: Part 12, Brontë Studies, Vol. 45 no.4, October 2020, 374-391:

Cook, P.,Wiser than thy sire’: Youth and Age in Emily Brontë’sPoetry’, Brontë Studies, Vol. 45 no.2, April 2020, 116-131:

Cook, P., Pearson, S. L., Ogden, J., 2019. A BrontëReading List: Part 11: Anne and Emily BrontëBrontë StudiesVol. 44 no.4, October 2019, 392-401:

Cook, P., Pearson, S. L., Ogden, J., 2019. A Brontë Reading List: Part 10: Charlotte Brontë, Brontë Studies, 44(3), pp. 306-322.

Cook, P., 2019. Nick Holland, Emily Brontë: A Life in 20 Poems, Brontë Studies, 44(3), pp. 325-327.

Cook, P., 2019. Valérie V. Hazette, Wuthering Heights on Film and Television: A Journey Across Time and Cultures, Brontë Studies, 44(2), pp. 238-240.

Cook, P., Pearson, S. L., Ogden, J., 2018. A Brontë Reading List: Part 9, Brontë Studies, 43(4), pp. 341–355.

Cook, P., 2018. Patsy Stoneman, Brontë Transformations: The Cultural Dissemination of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, Brontë Studies, 43(4), pp. 356-357

Cook, P., 2018. Fiona Mozley, Elmet and Michael Stewart, Ill Will: The Untold Story of Heathcliff, Brontë Studies, 43(4), pp. 362-364. 

Cook, P., 2018. The Romantic Legacy of Charles Dickens (London: Palgrave Macmillan). Read reviews

Cook, P., 2018. S.R. Whitehead, The Last Brontë: The Intimate Memoir of Arthur Bell Nicholls, Brontë Studies, 43(2), pp. 168-170.

Cook, P., Pearson, S. L., Ogden, J., 2017. A Brontë Reading List: Part 8, Brontë Studies, 42(4), pp. 351–360.