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Dr Connor Doak

Dr Connor Doak

Dr Connor Doak
BA (Cantab.), MSt (Oxon.), PhD(Northwestern)


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Connor Doak works primarily on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture, with a special interest in gender and sexuality and their relationship to war and political change. He has published in journals such as Modernism/modernitySlavic and East European Journal and Forum for Modern Language Studies. He is currently working on a monograph exploring how the poet Vladimir Maiakovskii uses verse to negotiate the shifting terrain of masculinity in revolutionary Russia and the early Soviet period. Connor's work increasingly extends back into the nineteenth century, as evidenced by recent publications on fatherhood in Chekhov's stories and on performing masculinity in Dostoevskii's Demons. He is also beginning to work on a project on how contemporary adaptations of classic texts frame issues of masculinity.

Connor is co-organizer, with Bradley Stephens (French), of 'Transnational Masculinities', an interdisciplinary workshop series funded by Bristol's Institute of Advanced Studies. He is also co-convener, with Muireann Maguire (University of Exeter) and Margarita Vaysman (University of St Andrews), of the Nineteenth-Century Study Group in the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES).


Originally from Northern Ireland, Connor obtained a BA from Cambridge (2005), an MSt from Oxford (2007), and a PhD from Northwestern University (2013). In 2012–3, he was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies as he finished his PhD on Mayakovsky's poetry. He joined the Bristol staff in 2013. In 2017, he was awarded a British Academy Rising Stars Engagment Award (BARSEA) to launch a UK–Russia Research Network.


Connor's teaching encompasses a wide variety of Russian literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present. At undergraduate level, he has designed units on 'Gender in Russian Culture since 1917' and ‘Chekhov on the World Stage’; he regularly convenes the school-wide unit 'Introduction to the Study of Cultures'. Additionally, he regularly contributes to ‘Introduction to Russian History and Culture’, 'Introduction to Russian Literature', 'Hedgehogs and Foxes: The Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel', ‘Writing Revolution: Russian Literature 1910-1940’, and 'Russia in the 1990s: Decade of Chaos', as well as Russian language teaching at all levels. At MA level, he contributes sessions to 'Tradition and Experiment in the Twentieth Century Novel' and 'Imagining Gender'.

He welcomes enquiries from prospective postgraduate students working on any area of nineteenth- or twentieth-century Russian literature, especially those working on topics related to gender and sexuality.


  • Russian
  • Modernism
  • Gender and the Body
  • Poetry
  • Revolution
  • War



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