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Dr Connor Doak


Connor's teaching covers a broad range of topics and themes in Russian literature and culture from 1800 to the present, with occasional forays into earlier periods. In line with his research, his approach to teaching is explicitly interdisciplinary and comparative. He also has experience teaching Russian language at all levels, and contributes strongly to the School of Modern Languages comparative literatures and cultures teaching, both at undergradaute and MA level. 

At undergraduate level, Connor regularly contributes to first-year units such as 'Understanding Russia', 'Introduction to Russian Literature', and 'What is Comparative Literature and How do We Practise It?' At second year, he teaches ‘Hedgehogs and Foxes: The Nineteenth-Century Novel’, 'Chekhov on the World Stage', and 'Engineers of the Human Soul: Russian Culture and Politics, 1917-40'. At final year, he teaches research-led units on 'Gender in 20C and 21C Russia' and 'Writing Revolution: Russian Literature 1910-40', as a seminar on advanced Russian-English literary translation.

At postgraduate level, he contributes extensively to the MA in Comparative Literatures in Cultures, including 'Institutions of Culture', 'Gender in the Cultural Imagination', 'Research Skills', 'Tradition and Experimentation in the Twentieth-Century Novel'. He has supervised dissertations on topics including Svetlana Alexievich's representations of childhood, the gender politics of Ding Ling's writing, and the representation of childbirth and pregnancy in 19C English literature. 

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

Current supervisees and recently completed projects include: 

●  Suzanne Eade Roberts, 2018–date. PhD Translation. Thesis on ‘Translation theory in the post-Stalin period’. Co-supervisor with Katharine Hodgson and Carol O’Sullivan. Funded by the AHRC through the Southwest and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.

●  Thomas Saunders, 2018–19. MPhil Russian. Thesis on ‘ Imagining Russian Sexualities in a Queer World’. Co-supervisor with Debbie Pinfold.

●  Tatiana Fry, 2015–16. MPhil Russian. Thesis on ‘The Moscow Text in Russia, 1800–50’. Co-supervisor with Claire Shaw.