Jack Maginn

Jack Maginn

Research Student, MSc. , BSc. (hons)

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Research interests

My research, 'Iterations of Queerness: Adaptations of Virginia Woolf's Life and Work in Post-1990 Cinema', looks to decompose and denaturalise the 'chrononormative' (Freeman 2010: xi) temporal order through examining the temporalities present in filmic adaptation of Virginia Woolf's life and work. This research will involve comparatively analysing the queer temporalities present witihin many of Woolf's novels with the temporal formations in a number of the films in my data set. In addition to troubling chrononormativity, my work will look to examine the relationship between medium, queer politics and storytelling practices. I see the audience of my work as being academics working in queer theory, film studies and Woolf studies as well as queer artists looking to work with the forms of the film and the novel.

 I adopt an interdisciplinary frame, working at the intersection of literature and film studies, queer theory, Comparative Political Thought, Continental Philosophy and Adaptation Studies. My researches operationalises a specifi rhythm-focused queer temporal approach I have named hypererotorhythmic queer analysis. This approch draws heavily on the work of Freeman, Freccero, Bourdieu, Derrida, Foucault and Lefebvre.

Areas I am interested in researching in future include theories of queer rhythm, the queer historical/biographical stratergies of Lytton Strachey, the queer potential of Pierre Bourdieu and the queer rhythms of the work of Woolf.


Scholarly biography

I began my academic career at The University of Bristol where I achieved a first class honours in Politics and International Relations. Following the completion of my undergraduate I moved to SOAS, University of London were I completed a masters in Comparative Political Thought with distinction. My studies at SOAS centred around queer theory, politics and cinema as well as masculinity and the novel 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 queerness in filmic adaptations of Virginia Woolf's life and work.  

Knowledge exchange

-Speaker at the 'Queer Temporalities in Literature, Cinema, and Video Games International Conference' (03/12/21, Online: University of Murcia)

-Lead organiser for The Univeristy of Brighton's 'Screen Studies' REG's winter symposium (16/11/21, Online: University of Brighton)

-Speaker at the 'Following the Affective Turn Postgraduate Symposium' (Date: 17/09/2021, Location: University of Brighton)

-Member of organising comitee for the 2021 'Cente for Memory, Narrative and Histories' conference 'Transgenerational Memory' (Date: 01/07/21, Location: Univeristy of Brighton Online Space)


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


  • PR English literature
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Sexuality
  • Modernism
  • PN0080 Criticism
  • Queer Theory
  • Chrononormativity
  • Temporality
  • PN1993 Motion Pictures
  • film theory
  • Adaptation
  • New Queer Cinema
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Queer Linguistics
  • Multi-Modal Discourse Analysis
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Continental philosophy


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