Richard Vytniorgu © 2020

Richard Vytniorgu



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I am a writer and an early career academic in the UK and a specialist in twentieth-century literature, culture, and theory of literary criticism.


I also write journalism for a range of national and international platforms on topics such as culture, sexuality, citizenship, religion, and Eastern Europe.


My research interests include women's writing, food studies, British conservatism, cultural modernism, aesthetics, and English education. I also have interests in contemporary gay fiction and culture.


My first book was on the modernist writer Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) and the theorist Louise Rosenblatt, in which I explored how aesthetic experience of literature, especially of the past, can lead to exploration of issues usually associated with wisdom. I am now working on a project on the food writer Elizabeth David, arguing that her central interest and passion was in the inheritance of culture.


Both of these projects are concerned with the personal experience of tradition, with cultural transaction between the past and present, present and future. Whether through literature, travel, homemaking, or cooking, I'm interested in how each of us can animate the past in our own lives, and thereby live out a sense of inheritance and belonging both at the local and national levels. 


My research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.


I currently work as an Impact and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham, and I teach Academic Writing at Coventry University. Previously, I have taught literature at the University of Leicester (2015-18) and De Montfort University (2017), and delivered lectures on modernism at Edge Hill University and the University of Valencia.


In 2017 I was also a Visiting Fellow at Veliko Tarnovo University in Bulgaria. 


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Aacademy, supporting excellence in teaching and learning.


In 2020 I was shortlisted for the Mollie Salisbury Cup, an annual memoir competition in memory of Lady Salisbury.



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