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Dr Connor Doak


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'. Additionally, he regularly contributes to ‘Introduction to Russian History and Culture’, 'Introduction to Russian Literature', 'Hedgehogs and Foxes: The Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel', 'Engineers of the Human Soul: Soviet culture and politics, 1917-40', 'Writing Revolution: Russian Literature 1910-1940', and 'Russia in the 1990s: Decade of Chaos', as well as Russian language teaching at all levels. He also contributes to Schoolwide units such as 'Introduction to the Study of Cultures'. At MA level, he contributes sessions to 'Tradition and Experiment in the Twentieth Century Novel', 'Gender in the Cultural Imagination', and 'Institutions of Culture'.

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. 

Current supervisees include:

Suzanne Eade-Roberts (reading for the PhD Translation Studies), working on the history of Soviet translation theory c. 1953 - 1991. Co-supervised with Carol O'Sullivan and Katharine Hodgson (Exeter)

Thomas Saunders (reading for the MPhil Russian), working on online queer communities in contemporary Russia. Co-supervised with Debbie Pinfold.