Richard Vytniorgu is University Tutor in English at University of Leicester, UK. From 2017 he is also 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 Vatra Dornei, Romania, in 1989 to parents of Russian and Serb descent, and grew up in an adoptive family in southern England with British parents. 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 nineteenth and twentieth-century culture: in particular, the formulation of personalist approaches to topics of literary, cultural, and educational significance.
His doctoral thesis engages with the writing of Louise Rosenblatt and H.D. in order to offer a personalist conception of literary experience as a pathway to wisdom in contemporary literary 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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