Mary Wiles

Senior LecturerMary Wiles

Head of Department - English
Karl Popper 607
Internal Phone: 94361

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

My primary area of research involves the study of continental film theory and postwar French cinema. My recent book, Jacques Rivette (Illinois UP, 2012), is an auteur study that focuses on theatricality in the films of this important French New Wave filmmaker. I have also published articles on avant-garde theatricality and adaptation in contemporary French and New German cinemas.

I have recently developed an interest in New Zealand film, with particular focus on the representation of women. In 2011, I curated a retrospective of Gaylene Preston's work at Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, and edited a collection of essays devoted to her films. My current research focuses on the manner in which the coming-of-age narrative of girlhood overlaps with themes of race and nationalism in films from around the world.

Recent Publications

  • Wiles MM. (2012) Jacques Rivette. Springfield: University of Illinois Press. 208pp.
  • Wiles MM (Ed.) (2017) Special Commemorative Issue: Jacques Rivette and Chris Marker The Cine-Files (12)Savannah, GA, USA.
  • Wiles M. (2021) Marcel Ophuls: Rapporteur, Raconteur, Provocateur. In Abecassis M; Block M (Ed.), French Directors: Portraits de Cinéastes Dublin Ireland: Phaeton Publishing Limited.
  • Wiles MM. (2016) Moving Backstage. In Nield A (Ed.), The Jacques Rivette Collection: 8-26. Shenley: Arrow Academy.
  • Wiles MM. (2015) The Film Portrait of a New Zealand Storyteller: Gaylene Preston's 'Home by Christmas'. In Goldsmith B; Ryan MD; Lealand G (Ed.), Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand 2: 259-265. Bristol: Intellect.