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B.A. English and American Literature, New York University, 2001 M.A. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2002 M.Phil. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2005 Ph.D. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2013
Eugene Vydrin’s research interests are in twentieth-century literature, visual art, and critical theory, in the intersections between verbal and visual mediums, and in the relation between aesthetic form and political critique. He is interested in the nature of artistic mediums as historical constructs, materials in use that index the social relations and cultural politics of the times and places that invented them. He wrote his dissertation on the Modernist doctrine of medium specificity in art and literature, arguing that artworks model their identity on the places, or specific sites, where they are made. He is currently continuing his research into places as artistic mediums, sites of collective memory and counter-memory where the superseded past lingers or returns. Prior to joining NYU as a full-time faculty member, Vydrin taught in the First-Year English program at Barnard College. In 2013, he received the Adviser of Distinction award from The Gallatin School.
Teaching and Research Interests
20th-century poetry and poetics; modernism and the avant-garde; 20th-century art history, criticism, and theory; art historiography; film history and theory