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Dr Connor B Doak

BA (Cantab.), MSt (Oxon.), PhD(Northwestern)

  • BS8 1TE


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Personal profile

Research interests

In broad terms, Connor Doak's research explores the relationship between literature and life, art and society, language and power. His area of specialization is Russian literature, culture and society from the Romantic period to the present day. He has a particular interest in cultural manifestations of gender and sexuality, especially the treatment of masculinity in experimental texts in Russian literature.

Connor has published on queer aspects of Dostoevsky's novels, on fatherhood in Chekhov's short stories, and contested national identities and histories in Pushkin and Byron's narrative poems. He is currently working on a monograph on masculinity and power in the work of Vladimir Maiakovskii. The book deconstructs the popular image of Maiakovskii as a 'manly' poet, a myth propagated not only by the writer himself, but by generations of critics in both Russia and the West, seduced by his work, and in possession of a powerful, but unarticulated and uncritical, gender essentialism. The book offers a new approach to Maiakovskii, going beyond essentialist readings, to show the poet as using verse to negotiate the shifting terrain of masculinity in revolutionary Russia and the early Soviet period. 

External positions

External Examiner, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 201730 Sep 2020

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Research Output

Modernism and the Avant-Garde

Doak, C., 2021, (In preparation) The Cambridge History of Russian Literature. Franklin, S., Reich, R. & Widdis, E. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Blog post: All the Russias: A Transnational Approach

Byford, A., Doak, C. & Hutchings, S., 20 Feb 2020

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
  • Masculine Style: Vladimir Mayakovsky's Poetics of Virility

    Doak, C., 2020, (In preparation) TBD.

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

  • Prizes

    Bristol University Award for Education in Arts

    Doak, Connor B (Recipient), 15 Jun 2015

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Doak, Connor B (Recipient), 9 Nov 2015

    Prize: Election to learned society

  • Activities

    Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Convention 2019

    Connor Doak (Speaker)

    Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    The Poetics of Masculinity: Re-Reading Vladimir Mayakovsky

    Connor Doak (Advisor)

    19 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

    External Examiner for Slavonic Studies at University of Cambridge

    Connor Doak (Examiner)

    Jan 2018Dec 2020

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examination and Supervision

    Supervised Work Imagining Russian sexualities in a queer world

    Author: Saunders, T. E., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Doak, C. (Supervisor) & Pinfold, D. M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)