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University of Bristol
Russian literature and culture

Scholar's Bio

Lecturer in Russian
Short Bio

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 queer life-writing in Russian.

1800 - present
Russian, French, Spanish, Latvian, Serbian
Recent/Major Publications

(with Andy Byford and Stephen Hutchings) Transnational Russian Studies (Liverpool: Liverpool Univ. Press, 2020). Transnational Modern Languages series. 354 pp.

Myshkin’s Queer Failure: (Mis)reading Masculinity in Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, Slavic and East European Journal (SEEJ) 63.1, Spring 2019, 1–27.

The malen’kii chelovek in Almaty: Masculinity in Nariman Turebaev’s Films’, KinoKultura 54, Oct 2016. c. 8000 words.

What’s Papa For? Paternal Intimacy and Distance in Chekhov’s Early Stories’, SEEJ 59.4, Winter 2015, 517–541.

‘One Man’s Meat is Another Man’s Poetry: Masculinity and Metaphor in the Work of Vladimir Maiakovskii’, Modernism/Modernity 20.2, April 2013, 239–264.