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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

 

Delphi Mayther

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College: St Catharine’s College

Email: dlm46@cam.ac.uk

Supervisor: Dr Anna Berman

About Me

2021-2024: PhD Student in Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge

2020-2021: MPhil (Cantab) in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures, (Distinction)

2016–2020: BA Hons (Oxon) in Modern Languages, (First Class)

Languages: English (native), Russian (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Old East Slavonic (proficient), Old Church Slavonic (proficient), French (proficient), Galician (proficient), German (proficient), Latin (proficient), Ukrainian (acquiring proficiency), Polish (acquiring proficiency), Mandarin Chinese (acquiring proficiency), British Sign Language (acquiring proficiency)

 

Research

My PhD dissertation examines the role of Russian literary folklore (viz. learned literary works styled as folktales) in the construction of national and cultural identity during the Russian nineteenth century (c. 1760–1900).  Investigating political movements (the Decembrists and Official Nationality), cultural movements (the Slavophiles, and early anti-Westernisation trends), literary movements (Romanticism), and the emerging academic disciplines of folklore studies and ethnography, I examine how literary folklore both projected evolving notions of identity and helped to shape their formation, leading to a cyclic evolution both of this literary phenomenon and of the (self-)definition of Russian identity.

 

Scholarships and Prizes

2022: Bateman Scholarship for Top Performance in European, Latin American, Comparative Literatures and Cultural Studies (MPhil), Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

2017–2020: Baker Scholarship for Modern Languages, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford

2017–2020: Kolkhorst and Arteaga Exhibition for Spanish, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford,

2020: St Catherine’s Prize, Final Honours School of Modern Languages, University of Oxford

2019: St Catherine’s Russian Prize, University of Oxford

2019: St Catherine’s Spanish Prize, University of Oxford

2018: St Catherine’s Russian Prize, University of Oxford

2018: St Catherine’s Russian Year Abroad Prize, University of Oxford

2017: Gibbs Prize, Top Ranked across all Languages, Honour School of Modern Languages, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford

2017: St Catherine’s Prize, Double Award for Russian Studies, University of Oxford

2017: Bolsa de Matrícula e Estadía, Top Performance in Galician Linguistic and Cultural Studies, University of Oxford, awarded by Real Academia Galega

2016: St Catherine’s Russian Prize, University of Oxford

 

Other Activities and Roles

2021-2022: PhD Representative, Postgraduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics, University of Cambridge

2021: Proctor/Invigilator, Tripos Examinations, University of Cambridge

2020–2021: Library Assistant, Jerwood Library, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

2019: Multi-lingual Interpreter and Invigilator, International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), Bath, UK

2018–2019: Undergraduate Representative, Russian Sub-Faculty Committee, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford

2018–2019: Undergraduate Representative, Joint Consultative Committee, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford

2018–2019: University Steward, Oxford Students’ Union, University of Oxford

2018–2019: Outreach Ambassador, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford

2017-2018: Student in Russian Language and Cultural Studies, P. G. Demidov Yaroslavl’ State University, Yaroslavl’ Oblast’, Russia

2017–2018: Outreach Volunteer, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford

2017: Student in Advanced Studies in Galician Language and Culture, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain

2017: Outreach Volunteer, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford