Dr Catherine O'Brien

Position: Senior Lecturer
School: Perf and Screen Studies
Email: C.Obrien@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: 67138
Location: Room PR MB 3046, Main Building, Penrhyn Road


During my career at Kingston, I have taught a wide range of courses on both the French and the Film Studies degree. Currently, I am the Module Leader for Global Cinema Cultures, Introduction to French Identities and Final-year French Language. I was the Course Director for the MA Film Studies from 2003-07 and teach on a number of postgraduate modules, including New Hollywood, and Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Cinema. As Director of Studies, I have co-supervised an M.Phil on the films of Nouri Bouzid, and a Ph.D on the silent films of John Ford. I am currently the second supervisor for a doctorate on religion and DC comics.

My research has encompassed two main areas: the First World War in French and German culture; and intersections between film and religion. My book entitled The Celluloid Madonna (investigating the screen portrait of the Virgin Mary) has been published by Wallflower/Columbia University Press.

Educational and professional qualifications

1994 PhD in French and German , University of Hull
1985 BA in French and German , University of Hull

Professional experience (post-1990)

1989 - present Senior Lecturer in French and Film Studies, Kingston University

International connections

I am a member of the Mariological Society of America and the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies

Professional activity

I was Membership Secretary of the Society for French Studies from 1997-2002. I was a member of the Administrative Council of the Mariological Society of America from 2008-2012. I currently serve on the Consultative Committee of the UK Centre for Marian Studies.

Research outputs

Number of items: 27.


O'Brien, Catherine (2014) "Love, What Have You Done to Me?” Eros and agape in Alfred Hitchcock's I Confess. Journal of Religion and Film, 18(1), ISSN (online) 1092-1311

O'Brien, Catherine (2012) In Bruges: heaven or hell? Literature and Theology, 26(1), pp. 93-105. ISSN (print) 0269-1205

O'Brien, Catherine (2009) Marian film in the 21st century. Marian Studies, 60, pp. 287-296. ISSN (print) 0464-9680

O'Brien, Catherine (2006) Mythological readings of Mary's motherhood. Marian Studies, 57, ISSN (print) 0464-9680

O'Brien, Catherine (2004) Seeking perfection of form: French cultural responses to the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Marian Studies, LV, pp. 114-134. ISSN (print) 0464-9680

O'Brien, Catherine (2001) Book Review of: Writing otherwise: Atlan, Duras, Giraudon, Redonnet, and Wittig by Jeannette Gaudet. French Studies, 55(2), pp. 276-277. ISSN (print) 0016-1128

O'Brien, Catherine (2001) When radical meets conservative: Godard, Delannoy and the Virgin Mary. Literature and theology: an international journal of religion, theory and culture, 15(2), pp. 174-186. ISSN (print) 0269-1205

O'Brien, Catherine (1996) Beyond the can[n]on: French women's responses to the First World War. French Cultural Studies, 7(20), pp. 201-213. ISSN (print) 0957-1558


O'Brien, Catherine (2011) The celluloid Madonna: from scripture to screen. London, U.K. : Wallflower Press. 192p. ISBN 9781906660277

Lloyd, Fran and O'Brien, Catherine, eds. (2000) Secret spaces, forbidden places: rethinking culture. New York, USA; Oxford, UK : Berghahn Books. 298p. (Polygons: cultural diversities and intersections) ISBN 1571817891

O'Brien, Catherine M (1997) Women's fictional responses to the First World War: a comparative study of selected texts by French and German writers. New York, NY, U.S. : Peter Lang. 204p. (Studies in modern German literature) ISBN 0820431419

Book Section

O'Brien, Catherine (2016) Women in the cinematic gospels. In: Burnette-Bletsch, Rhonda, (ed.) The Bible in motion : a handbook of the Bible and its reception in film. Berlin, Germany : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. pp. 449-462. (Handbooks of the Bible and Its Reception (HBR), no. 2) ISSN (print) 2330-6270 ISBN 9781614515616

O'Brien, Catherine (2007) Mary in film. In: Boss, Sarah Jane, (ed.) Mary: the complete resource. London, U.K. : Continuum. pp. 532-536. ISBN 0860123413

O'Brien, Catherine (2007) Mary in modern European literature. In: Boss, Sarah Jane, (ed.) Mary: the complete resource. London, U.K. : Continuum. pp. 521-531. ISBN 0860123413

O'Brien, Catherine (2000) A double message: French literary responses to Mariology. In: Cooke, Paul and Lee, Jane, (eds.) (Un)faithful texts? : religion in France and Francophone literature, from the 1780s to the 1980s. New Orleans, USA : University Press of the South. pp. 201-213. ISBN 1889431524

O'Brien, Catherine M (1999) There is no greater love: Biblical imagery in Women's First World War literature. In: Schneider, Thomas F, (ed.) The experience of war and the creation of myths : the image of modern war in literature, theatre, photography, and film. Osnabrück, Germany : Universitätsverlag Rasch. pp. 339-351. ISBN 9783934005143

Conference or Workshop Item

O'Brien, Catherine (2013) Scorsese’s divine tragedy. In: Digby Stuart Research Seminar; 7 Oct 2013, Roehampton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

O'Brien, Catherine (2012) Biblical tales - a mother's love: adapting the story of Mary and Jesus for the screen. In: Adaptation, Authorship and Ownership - ECRF Annual Conference; 16-18 Jul 2012, Ormskirk, U.K.. (Unpublished)

O'Brien, Catherine (2011) "Ave Maria”: sacred spaces in 'Lourdes' and '28 Days Later'. In: 2011 NECS Conference: Sonic Futures: soundscapes and the languages of screen media; 23-26 Jun 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

O'Brien, Catherine (2010) Agape: a maternal narrative. In: Representations of Love in Film and Television; 11-14 November 2010, Milwaukee, U.S.. (Unpublished)

O'Brien, Cathy (2010) In Bruges: heaven or hell? In: Urban Mediations: European Network for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference; 24 - 27 Jun 2010, Istanbul, Turkey. (Unpublished)

O'Brien, Catherine and Duricy, Michael (2009) The life of Mary in film. In: Telling Mary's story: the "life of Mary" through the ages : The Mariological Society of America 60th Annual Program; 26 - 29 May 2009, Florida, U.S.. (Unpublished)

O'Brien, Catherine (2009) An ordinary extraordinary couple: performing the life of Mary and Joseph. In: Performing lives; 06 - 08 Jul 2009, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

O'Brien, Catherine (2008) The celluloid Madonna : re-visioning the narrative of the mother of Jesus. In: The sacred and the secular; 19 - 21 Sep 2008, Southampton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

O'Brien, Catherine (2006) Mythological readings of Mary's motherhood. In: Theotokos: mother of all people. Mariological Society of America 57th Annual Meeting; 16 - 19 May 2006, Detriot, U.S.. (Unpublished)

O'Brien, Catherine (2005) The nature of sacrifice. In: The Gentler Sex? Responses of the women’s movement to the First World War 1914-1919; 8 - 9 Sep 2005, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

O'Brien, Catherine (2003) The marshmallow effect: writing the life of the Virgin Mary in French culture. In: Society of French Studies Conference; 30 Jun - 02 Jul 2003, Sheffield, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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