Dr Britta Colligs

Britta Colligs joined the English Department in March 2016. She studied English and Pedagogy at the University of Trier and the Waikato University, New Zealand, and obtained her Magister Artium in November 2014. In 2022, she completed her PhD thesis investigating an ecocritical approach to high fantasy literature, which was supervised by Prof. Dr. Duffield. Her new research project is concerned with narrative structures, ecocriticism and mythology in Indigenous (especially Maori and Aboriginal Canadian) as well as neo-Indigenous Anglophone literatures.


Britta Colligs

Degree: MA (Trier), Dr. phil. (Trier)

Phone: +49 651 201-2301
Fax: +49 651 201-3928


Room: B356

Main Areas of Teaching and Research

  •   Fantasy Literature, esp. J. R. R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin

  •   Ecocriticism and Environmental Narratives in Fiction and Film

  •   Post-human Studies in Fiction and Film

  •   New Zealand Literature

  •   Indigenous Narratives, esp. Maori Literature and First Nation Literature


Please find more information here.


  • Material Ecocriticism and Sylvan Agency in Speculative Fiction: The Forests of the World. Lexington Books, 2024.
  • “The Loss of Ancient Forests: An Ecocritical Reading of T. A. Barron’s The Ancient One.” Inklings Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik (year book), Vol. 37, 2020, pp. 65-80.
  • "The Forest as a Voice for Nature: Ecocriticism in Fantasy Literature." Narrating the Future of the World: Images of the Anthropocene in Speculative Fiction, edited by Tereza Dědinová et.al. Lexington Books, 2021. pp. 67-86. 
  • “Empowering the Viewer and the Reader: Strategies of Empowerment in HBO’s Game of Thrones and Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.” Empowering Contemporary Fiction in English. The Impact of Empowerment in Literary Studies, edited by Ralf Hertel and Eva-Maria Windberger. Boston: Brill, 2021. pp. 71-96.

Media Presence

  • “Game of Thrones: Warum ist “Game of Thrones” so erfolgreich?” (Why is “Game of Thrones” so successful?), SWR2 Forum, 11.04.2019.  


Literaturwissenschaftliches Kolloquium

Students currently working on their MA/MEd or PhD thesis in literary studies are welcome to join our monthly colloquium, where we present, discuss and provide feedback on our current research projects. Please email me or my colleague Eva-Maria Windberger for further information.