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Prof Catherine O'Leary

Dr Catherine O'LearyContact Details
Phone: 01334 462954
Office: Quad 41

Office hours: 
Tue 10-11, Fri 11-12

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

Catherine studied International Marketing and Languages at Dublin City University before going on to complete a PhD in Spanish literature at University College Dublin. She lectured at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth from 2000 until moving to St Andrews in 2013. She is currently Head of the Department of Spanish.

Catherine has published widely on contemporary Spanish theatre. Her works include a monographical study of the theatre of Antonio Buero Vallejo (Tamesis, 2005) and, more recently, articles on Fernando Arrabal (JILAR, 2008), Antonio Buero Vallejo (Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 2011), Sean O’Casey (ADE Teatro, 2012) and Carlota O’Neill (Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 2012). Other recent publications include A Companion to Carmen Martín Gaite (with Alison Ribeiro de Menezes; Tamesis, 2008; pb 2014), and the co-edited volume, Censorship across Borders: The Reception of English Literature in Twentieth-century Europe (with Alberto Lázaro Lafuente, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011) and Legacies of War and Dictatorship in Contemporary Spain and Portugal (with Alison Ribeiro de Menezes, Peter Lang, 2011). She is one of the investigators on the AHRC-funded project Theatre Censorship in Spain: 1931-1985 (with Michael P. Thompson, Durham;, and is currently working on two publications related to this. She is also preparing a study of Ana María Matute with Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (University of Warwick).

Catherine’s research focuses on four main areas: contemporary Spanish theatre, censorship, gender and identity, and exile and cultural memory. She invites students interested in researching these areas to contact her.

Catherine currently teaches on several undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Spanish and the School of Modern Languages. 

See also

Cultural Memory Research Group

We are an interdisciplinary research group based at the University of St Andrews. We aim to create a space for critical inquiry into cultural memory and how it relates to existing and future societal and cultural challenges in the twenty-first century. Our research comprises various perspectives, methodologies and theoretical frameworks, but at its core is a shared interest in interdisciplinary explorations of cultural memory. The research group seeks to bring together different approaches to cultural memory in an innovative way and to engage with both the academic community and the wider public. Events include brown-bag discussions of our work, postgraduate seminars, invited lectures and an annual workshop and public lecture. New members are welcome.

PhD Supervision

Maria Guadalupe Elias Arriaga, Catherine Barbour, Karunika Kardak