Colette Colligan


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Colette Colligan (she/her) is a cultural historian working in the fields of nineteenth and early twentieth-century literature, print and media studies, and the history of sexuality. Her research focuses on Britain and Europe in transatlantic and transnational contexts, with a particular emphasis on Anglo-French cultural interaction and multilingual exchange. Over the years, her research has focused on sexuality, morality, and the law in relation to media forms such as pornography, libel, and scandal.


  • PhD (Queen's)


Colette Colligan is the author of several books, "A Publisher’s Paradise" (U of Massachusetts Press, 2014) and "The Traffic in Obscenity from Byron to Beardsley" (Palgrave, 2006), a co-edited volume on "Media, Technology and Literature in the Nineteenth Century" (Ashgate, 2011), and a co-edited special issue on "Reading Rooms and Transnational Reading (1815–1930)" ("Cultural History", 2021).

Currently, she is completing a book on the French media coverage of Oscar Wilde's trials and is working with Gregory Mackie (UBC) on a co-edited volume of essays on Wilde in Paris. Additionally, she is gathering her recent articles on European underground porn culture into an essay collection.

She directs SFU’s France Field School (link below).


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.