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Teaching & Research Interests

  • Eighteenth-Century Literature and Thought, especially Rousseau
  • Canadian Studies, Quebec Literature
  • Early French Romanticism (Constant, Staël)


  • Assistant Professor, UCLA 1975-82
  • Associate Professor, UCLA 1982-93
  • Professor, UCLA 1993-current

Selected Publications

  • Gustave Flaubert, Sentimental Education, translated by Helen Constantine, edited with an introduction and notes by Patrick Coleman. Oxford World's Classics (forthcoming 2016).
  • Honoré de Balzac, The Wild Ass’s Skin. Translated by Helen Constantine, Introduction and Notes by Patrick Coleman (Oxford World's Classics, 2012).
  • Honoré de Balzac. The Girl with the Golden Eyes and Other Stories. Translated by Peter Collier, Introduction by Patrick Coleman (Oxford World's Classics, 2012).
  • Anger, Gratitude and the Enlightenment Writer (Oxford, 2011).
  • Rousseau's Political Imagination: Rule and Representation in the "Lettre à d'Alembert."Geneva: Droz, 1984. 196pp.
  • The Limits of Sympathy: Gabrielle Roy's The Tin Flute.Toronto: ECW Press, 1993. 101pp.
  • Editor, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality, trans. F Philip. Oxford: OUP, 1994. xxxv + 127pp.
  • Reparative Realism: Mourning and Modernity in the French Novel 1730-1830.Geneva: Droz, 1998. 159 pp.
  • Editor, Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Confessions, trans. A. Scholar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. xxxviii + 676pp.
  • Editor (with J. Lewis and J. Kowalik), Representations of the Self from the Renaissance to Romanticism. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000. xii + 284pp.
  • Editor, Benjamin Constant,Adolphe, trans. Margaret Mauldon. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001. xxxiv + 86pp.
  • Editor (with David W. Carrithers), Montesquieu and the Spirit of Modernity. Oxford: Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century (2002) (SVEC 2002:09). 257pp.
  • Editor (with Massimo Ciavolella), Culture and Authority in the Baroque. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005. 255pp.

Professional Activities