Daniel Brooks


  • Visiting Lecturer in Russian and Eurasian Studies

Daniel Brooks is a scholar of early twentieth-century and Soviet-era Russian culture, with a particular focus on literary criticism, memoir, and the visual arts. His first book project examines Russian literary portraiture, a genre that flourished at the turn of the century and survived, improbably, into Soviet times. Brooks has published articles on Aleksandr Blok’s poetry and mass culture; Vladislav Khodasevich’s scathing memoirs of his contemporaries; and Maksim Gorky, literary celebrity, and emotion studies (winner of a 2018 SEEJ award). He has taught the entire modern Russian cultural canon, including 19th- and 20th-century surveys as well as specialized courses on Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Russo-Soviet cinema, poetry, and nature writing.