DR RICHARD VYTNIORGU
Twentieth-century and Contemporary Literary Studies Scholar
I publish in the fields of twentieth-century and contemporary literary studies. I am excited when I find new ways of working with cultural representations so that we increase in self-knowledge, manage our lives better, and gain insight into some of the central challenges that people experience across time and space.
In my academic roles I focus on engaging others in the following questions:
What kinds of knowledges do literary studies afford us?
How can some of the most fascinating literary, intellectual, and ethical cultures of the twentieth century be studied so that our work makes positive interventions in contemporary life?
How can we more actively build personal, creative, and autoethnographic forms of response to cultural works into the English studies curriculum and research agenda at university?
I currently research in the following three areas:
1. C20 and C21 literary theory (especially personalism)
2. Transcultural adoption (especially Eastern European)
3. Contemporary gay sexuality and media
At any one time I am engaged in a number of professional roles. I currently divide my work into the following activities:
I think about, research, and communicate on a range of topics that make a difference.
I help researchers at University of Leicester clarify and maximise the potential of their research impact.
I faciliate learning for English studies students at University of Leicester at all levels.
I work one-to-one with undergraduate and postgraduate students in all disciplines to enhance their writing skills.
I was born in Vatra Dornei, Bukovina, in 1989 and came to live in the UK when I was 10-months old.
I grew up in Wiltshire and became fascinated by the Bloomsbury Group and all things modernist. Between 2008 and 2011 I studied History and Sociology at the University of Exeter before I moved to Leeds to complete an MA in Victorian Studies, writing my dissertation on the personal creativity of Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938) and how her Victorian upbringing intersected with her engagement with modernist personalities such as Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield.
From 2014-17 I was a Midlands3Cities PhD student at De Montfort University, researching the role and value of literary experiences in the quest for wisdom. I worked with the writing of the modernist author Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) and the literary theorist Louise Rosenblatt to develop my own vocabulary and vision for literary studies, where academics and students can factor life experiences much more explicitly into their studies, responding to cultural representations in personal, creative ways. Since then I have developed my project into my first monograph, The Butterfly Hatch: Literary Experience in the Quest for Wisdom--Uncanonically Seating H.D.
In 2017 I worked as an Academic Consultant to Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, where I researched and designed several literary salons based on Ottoline Morrell's innovative get-togethers in the early twentieth century.
I am now a Research Impact Officer and part-time lecturer in English literature at the University of Leicester, while also managing a small number of private tutees.
I BELIEVE THAT
A person cannot be self-sufficient; they must emerge from themselves towards other people, towards the human and towards the world at large, and towards God. Ego-centrism, being locked up within oneself and being absorbed by oneself, disintegrates the person.
You can contact me about any aspect of my work, or to request private tuition.