Colette Colligan

Oscar Wilde's Sex Trials in Paris' Expatriate Press

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Keywords: Wilde Trials; Newspapers; Paris.

Two daily English-language newspapers in Paris - the "Galignani Messenger" and the European edition of the "New York Herald" - covered the world news of Oscar Wilde's London sex trials in 1895. This paper investigates how these expatriate newspapers accessed information about Wilde's sex trials relative to the business structures and text sharing practices of the late nineteenth-century news market. It also examines the kind of sexual information and cultural narratives of sexuality that they transmitted across borders. The Parisian expatriate press, this paper argues, offered distinctive streams of news about the trials that crossed not only the English Channel, but also the Atlantic within an increasingly complex international news market.

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