DR. RICHARD VYTNIORGU
University Tutor in English
Department of English
University of Leicester
TEACHING AND RESEARCH PROFILE
Twentieth-century British and American literature and culture: modernism (especially women’s), literary theory, cultural studies, history of literary studies, language arts pedagogy, Bloomsbury (especially Ottoline Morrell), literary humanism, personalism (especially Nikolai Berdyaev), adoption writing and theory, Western representations of Eastern Europe.
2014-2017: De Montfort University
AHRC-funded PhD in English and Critical Theory (awarded with minor corrections, 27/11/2017). Dissertation: ‘In Quest of Wisdom: Louise Rosenblatt, H.D., and the Transactional Literary Experience’
2011-2013: Leeds Trinity University
MA Victorian Studies (Distinction)
Dissertation: ‘The Portrait of Ottoline Morrell and Ottoline’s Problematic Mid-Victorian Personal Creativity’ (82)
2008-2011: University of Exeter
BA History and Society (2:1)
10/2015: University Tutor in English (part-time)
- present Department of English, University of Leicester
01/2017: Lecturer in English (part-time)
- 08/2017Department of English, De Montfort University
09/2011: Research Assistant (part-time)
-03/ 2012Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies
•Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (reference: PR123080)
oEndorsed by the Leicester Learning Institute through the award of a special certificate marking the quality of my application.
•Reading English (University of Leicester 2015-present: Seminar Tutor – Level 4 core module)
•Ways of Reading (De Montfort University 2017: Module Co-designer, Workshop leader – Level 5 optional module)
•Literary Experience in the Quest for Wisdom: A Personalist Perspective (75,000 words) (Interest expressed by SUNY Press)
•‘An Ethical Ideal? Louise Rosenblatt and Democracy’ (submitted to College English)
•‘Democracy in English Education’, Peer English, forthcoming.
•‘Ottoline Morrell: Personalist Thinker’, Modern Language Review, 113 (2018): 57-79.
•‘I am a theorist: Learning to name my world with a new literary humanism’, Educational Journal of Living Theories, 9 (2016): 91-111.
•Lara Vetter, A Curious Peril: H.D.’s Late Modernist Prose (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2017), Modern Language Review (forthcoming 2018).
•Nicholas Maxwell, Two Great Problems of Learning: Science and Civilization (Rounded Globe, 2016), Metapsychology, 20 (2016).
•‘Learners in Quest: An Existential Perspective’, English: Shared Futures (Newcastle University), July 2017 (sponsored by Midlands3Cities Student Development Fund).
•‘Rosenblatt and Berdyaev, American and Russian: Two Foundations for Human Relations in Literary Studies’, Traces of Multiculturalism (Vytautus Magnus University), May 2017 (sponsored by the AHRC Research and Training Support Grant).
•‘The Human Face of British Literary Studies: A Mood-board Proposal’, Out of Practice (University of Birmingham), June 2016.
•‘In Quest of Wisdom: Modernist Studies, English Education, and H.D. as Learner’, BAMS New Work in Modernist Studies (University of Exeter), December 2015 (sponsored by Midlands3Cities Student Development Fund).
•‘Toward the Reader’s Context: Louise Rosenblatt’s Literature as Exploration and the Ongoingness of the Transactional Theory of the Literary Work’, MDRN Writing Literary History: Europe 1900-1950 (KU Leuven), September 2015 (sponsored by Midlands3Cities Student Development Fund).
•‘Porn’s Educational Imperative: Some Transactional Insights from Louise Rosenblatt’, 21st Century Academic Forum (Harvard University), March 2015 (sponsored by Midlands3Cities Student Development Fund).
•‘Introducing Louise Rosenblatt (1904-2005): Humanist Transactions with Adaptation’, Adaptation and the Novel (Keele University), November 2013.
•‘Managing Modern(ist) Personalities: The Aristocratic Personal Creativity of Ottoline Morrell’, Alternative Modernisms (Cardiff University), May 2013.
•Midlands3Cities (£5,000) – awarded for a work placement with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, 2017.
•Midlands3Cities Student Development Fund (£400) – awarded for the presentation of a paper at English: Shared Futures, 2017.
•Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Training and Support Grant (£600) – awarded for the presentation of a paper at Traces of Multiculturalism, Vytautus Magnus University, 2017.
•ERASMUS+ (£750) – awarded for an Early Career Research Traineeship at Veliko Turnovo University, Bulgaria, 2016.
•The Royal Society of Arts and Midlands3Cities Cohort Development Fund (£800) – awarded for the development of a series of networking events for FRSAs and PhD students, 2016.
•Midlands3Cities Cohort Development Fund (£1,000) – awarded to co-develop a series of training events for PhD students interested in interviewing in an arts-and-humanities context, 2016.
•The Academic Book of the Future (£2,000) – awarded to organise a workshop for PhD students concerning the future of the English PhD, with contributions from Palgrave, HEFCE, and academics, 2015.
•Midlands3Cities Student Development Fund (£2,250) – awarded for a research trip to the United States, which included the delivery of a conference paper at Harvard University and archival research at Yale, Columbia, and New York Universities, 2014.
•Midlands3Cities-AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Award (£50,000) – 2014-2017.
•2017-present: Academic Consultant at Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature – tasked with researching, planning, and producing their literary salons, based on those of Ottoline Morrell.
•2014-2015: Consultant at the AHRC Commons Planning – selected to provide input at the AHRC Commons planning sessions in Birmingham and London concerning the role and value of arts-and-humanities research.
•2017: Midlands3Cities Research Festival planning committee member – tasked with creating the abstract booklet for the festival.
•2015-2016: De Montfort University representative for the Midlands3Cities Student Advisory Forum (SAF) – tasked with liaising between PhD students and the Midlands3Cities management team, as well as offering input to the strategic development of the Midlands3Cities student experience via the attendance, chairing, and minuting of SAF meetings and the writing of student newsletters.
•2008-2011: Year representative for the Student-Staff Liaison Committee, Department of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter – tasked with soliciting student feedback concerning the progress of their undergraduate programmes and offering input to the shaping of the teaching and learning environment.
•A series of three blog posts on transactional philosophy and its relationship to scientific inquiry, for Faith in Scholarship (spring 2018).
• ‘To be Gay is to be a Person: Why Real Orthodoxy Liberates – a Romanian Case Study’, The Balkanist, April 21, 2017.
•‘God’s Workers?’ Faith in Scholarship, March 20, 2017.
•‘Nationalism and Orthodox Nominalism’, Contributors.ro, January 17, 2017.
•‘Bukovinian, Romanian, or European? Beyond Citizenship’, Contributors.ro, July 1, 2016.
•‘Culture, Pluralistic Knowing, and Mutual Understanding’, Faith in Scholarship, June 20, 2016.
•‘The Future of the English PhD’, The Academic Book of the Future, February 8, 2016.
•‘The Aesthetic Experience Across Three Centuries: Translating Louise Rosenblatt’s PhD (1931) on “Art for Art’s Sake”’, Journal of Victorian Culture Online, August 11, 2014.
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