Dr Whybray was awarded a First Class degree in English Literature from the University of York in 2010 and subsequently an MA with Distinction in Film and Literature. He was awarded a PhD in the Philosophy of Film from the University of Exeter in 2015. His book The Art of Czech Animation: A History of Political Dissent and Allegory is due to be published with Bloomsbury in 2019/2020.
Czech cinema, Central-Eastern European cinema, Surrealism, animation, allegory, political protest, childhood studies, thing theory, actor-network theory, rhythmanalysis, Kleinian psychoanalysis, object relations, affect theory, comedy studies, game studies, queer theory, horror cinema, environmental horror, Suffolk heritage, theories of space and place.
'Punitive Heterotopia in Ann Turner’s Celia (1988)', Childhood Remixed, 1.6, 2018, pp.46-52.
'‘I'm Crushing Your Binaries!’ Drag in Monty Python and Kids in the Hall', Journal of Comedy Studies, 7, 2 (Jun 2016), pp. 169-181.
'"Well Futile": Nathan Barley and Post-Ironic Culture', in J. Leggott and J. Sexton (eds.), No Known Cure: The Comedy of Chris Morris, (London: B.F.I./ Palgrave, 2013), pp.176-196.
Selected conference papers
'The Phantom Fire Extinguisher and the Political Object(s) of the London 2010 Student Protests', University of East Anglia, 'From Granite to Rainbow – Transmuting the Material into Text' conference, May 2012.
'Dismembering the Princess; Giving Voice to Pygmalion: The Queer Fairytale Deconstructions of Stephen Lavelle and the Feminist Reconstructions of Emily Short', Goldsmiths College, 'Ludus: The Narrative of Games and the Art of Play' conference, June 2012.
'Jiří Barta and the Rhythmic Difficulties of Living in, or with, Time and Space', University of Essex, 'BCLA Postgraduate Conference: Revolution & Evolution', July 2014.
‘The Self-Actualisation of The Residents: Disfigured Night as Monomyth’, De Montfort University, ‘Grad CATS Conference 2017: Evolving Stories’, June 2017.
‘Punitive Heterotopia in Ann Turner’s Celia (1988): Moving from Retributive to Restorative Justice in Juvenile Discipline and Punishment’, University of Suffolk, ‘Children and Childhoods Conference 2017’, July 2017.