Paul Gibbard
  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


On completing my doctorate on anarchism in late nineteenth-century French and English literature at Oxford University, I worked as a researcher on the scholarly edition of the 'Œuvres complètes de Voltaire' ('Complete Works of Voltaire') at the Voltaire Foundation in Oxford. After returning to Australia, I taught and researched at several universities, including the University of Adelaide, the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the University of New England. I have been involved in a number of research projects funded by the Australia Research Council, including the Baudin Legacy project, a project on 'The Political Thought of Enlightenment Women' and have been a Chief Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. My research lies mainly in the area of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French literature and intellectual history and I am also interested the history of the French exploration of Australia.

Current projects

  • a translation of the journal of the French botanist Théodore Leschenault: Paul Gibbard, Leschenault in Australasia: the Journal and Letters of the Botanist of the Baudin Expedition (Perth: UWA Publishing, forthcoming 2020).
  • a biography of the French botanist Théodore Leschenault, who came to Australia with the Baudin expedition of 1800-1804

Teaching overview

FREN1401 French Studies 1
FREN2403 French Studies 3
FREN2404 French Studies 4
FREN2812 French Cinema
TRNS5508 Specialised Translation
Coordinator of French Honours


Voltaire and Rousseau
Eighteenth-century women's writing
The nineteenth-century French novel
The French exploration of Australia, 1770-1820
Anarchism and literature
History of emotions

Research expertise keywords

  • Voltaire and Rousseau
  • Eighteenth century women's writing
  • The French exploration of Australia, 1800-1820
  • The nineteenth century French novel
  • Anarchism and literature


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