Richard Vytniorgu is a British academic of Russian-Serb descent. He is currently a Midlands3Cities Fellow and is University Tutor in English at University of Leicester, UK. In 2017 he became Academic Consultant for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. He holds a PhD in English and Critical Theory with the Midlands3Cities-AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (2014-17).
He was born in 1989 in Vatra Dornei, in the Republica Socialistă România. Between 2008 and 2011 he lived in Exeter, and then briefly in Leeds. Since 2014 he has lived in Leicester, UK.
Academically, his current focus is on transcultural adoption, viewing it as a creative act that finds innovative ways of materializing identities with multiple allegiances. He also writes on personalism and its relevance to literary theory, and focuses on twentieth-century culture. Methodologically, he combines more conventional modes of literary criticism and scholarship with newer, creative-criticial and authoethnographic approaches.
His first book, The Butterfly Hatch: Literary Experience in the Quest for Wisdom --- Uncanonically Seating H.D. (forthcoming: Sussex Academic Press, December 2018), engages with the writing of H.D. and Louise Rosenblatt in order to offer a personalist conception of literary experience as a pathway to wisdom in contemporary university English studies. By putting these two thinkers into dialogue together, the quest for wisdom is positioned as a personalist pedagogical framework for recognising the importance and scope of transactional literary experiences.
Richard Vytniorgu also writes for online magazines and blogs on topics relating to religion, Eastern Europe, and gay sexuality.
Richard is an Orthodox Christian but currently worships at an Anglican church in Leicester. As of 2016, he is a member of the Green Party of England and Wales.
In his spare time he enjoys cooking, swimming, watching foreign films, improving his Russian and Romanian, and personalising his home.
Follow him on Twitter: @rvytniorgu
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