Vidyan Ravinthiran

Vidyan Ravinthiran

Associate Professor of English

Education: B.A., University of Oxford (2006)
M.A., University of Cambridge (2007)
Ph.D., University of Oxford (2010)

Interests: Literary form; post-Romantic thought; poetry and poetics; South-Asian verse in English.

Selected Works:

Books: Spontaneity and Form in Modern Prose (forthcoming from OUP, 2021); The Million-Petalled Flower of Being Here (VERSE – Tarset: Bloodaxe, 2019); winner of a Northern Writers Award, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and shortlisted for the Forward Prize; Selected Poetry and Prose of Srinivas Rayaprol, edited with Graziano Krätli (forthcoming from Carcanet, 2019); Selected Poetry of Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, edited (forthcoming from NYRB Books, 2019); Elizabeth Bishop’s Prosaic (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2015 / paperback release, July 2017); winner of the University English Prize, as well as the Warren-Brooks Award for Literary Criticism; Grun-tu-molani (VERSE – Tarset: Bloodaxe, 2014); shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for First Full Collection, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize.

Selected Essays: ‘ “Manuelzinho”, Brazil and identity politics’, in Reading Elizabeth Bishop: An Edinburgh Companion, ed. Jonathan Ellis (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2019): 33-47; ‘The nature of Englishness: the hybrid poetics of Ted Hughes’, in Ted Hughes, Nature and Culture, ed. Neil Roberts, Mark Wormald and Terry Gifford (Cham: Palgrave, 2018): 107-23.; ‘Race, Style, and the Soul of Saul Bellow’s Prose’, Essays in Criticism (2016) 66 (4): 488-517; ‘Arun Kolatkar’s Description of India’, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2014) 49 (3): 359-77; ‘How James Wright Wasted His Life’, Literary Imagination (2014) 16 (1): 95-116; ‘The Spontaneity of Hopkins’s Journal Prose’, The Review of English Studies (2013) 64 (267): 838-56; ‘Dante and Shelley’s terza rima’, Essays in Criticism (2011) 61 (2): 155-72.

Essays for Poetry (Chicago) on Jon Silkin / R.F. Langley / C.H. Sisson; Marianne Moore and Stevie Smith; Rae Armantrout; Thom Gunn; Galway Kinnell; verse-sound; and, for The Poetry Review, A.K. Ramanujan.

Poems:Snow’ in The Guardian; ‘Ceylon’ in The Nation; ‘As a child’ in Poetry.


I welcome conversation with students of colour, students with roots in the Global South.

Contact Information

Office: Barker Center 151
By appointment. Schedule via email.