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Jack Maginn

Research Student, MSc. , BSc. (hons)

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Research interests

My research takes a queer theoretical approach to comparing how sexuality is narrativized by Woolf in her fictive and non-fictive writings and comparing this with narrativizations in films based upon her life and work. The purpose of my research is to denaturalise representations of and narratives around sexuality and comment on the potential for queer storytelling of different forms of media. I see the audience for my research as including scholars of Virginia Woolf, queer theory, and adaptation studies, artists working in the fields of literature and film and queer activists. I adopt an interdisciplinary frame, working at the intersection of literature and film studies and queer theory. My primary interest within literature is queer early Twentieth century literature (especially Woolf and Proust). Within queer theory my interests coalesce primarily around thinkers of temporality such as Butler, Dinshaw, Freeman and Stockton. My work is methodologically informed by Critical Discourse Analysis. My thinking is also informed more generally by late 19th and 20th century French philosophy (especially Gilles Deleuze and Henri Bergson but also Guattari, Bourdieu and Foucault), Feminist Thought (Rubin and Haraway) and New Materialism.

Scholarly biography

I began my academic career at The University of Bristol where I achieved a first class honours in Politics and International Relations. My main interests at this time were the History of Western Political Thought, Feminism (especially the works of Haraway, Woolf and Rubin) and the politics of Sub-Saharan Africa (with a particular focus on the politics of HIV/AIDS). Following the completion of my undergraduate I moved to SOAS were I completed a masters in Comparative Political Thought with distinction. My studies here centred around queer theory, politics and cinema as well as masculinity and thenovel and political thought more generally. My masters thesis was a queer temporal reading of the theory of Donna Haraway and the Afrofuturist music and cinema of Janelle Monáe. I have now moved to The University of Brighton to pursue my interest in queer temporality, literature studies and film studies through an analysis of sexuality in filmic adaptations of Virginia Woolf's life and work.  

Education/Academic qualification

Master, SOAS University of London

24 Sep 20188 Sep 2019

Award Date: 8 Sep 2019

Bachelor, University of Bristol

1 Sep 201521 Jun 2018

Award Date: 21 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • PR English literature
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Sexuality
  • PN0080 Criticism
  • Queer Theory
  • PN1993 Motion Pictures
  • film theory
  • Adaptation
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • discourse analysis
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • New Materialism

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