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

    6009 Perth


  • 4 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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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 2019).
  • a biography of the French botanist Théodore Leschenault, who came to Australia with the Baudin expedition of 1800-1804
  • a book on the eighteenth-century French writer, translator and salonnière Octavie Belot.

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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Research Output

Zola’s Needleworkers: from Angélique in Le Rêve to the Grisettes

Gibbard, P., Apr 2020, In : Australian Journal of French Studies. 57, 1, p. 141-153 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 'Intimacy and Distance: Conflicting Cultures in Nineteenth-Century France', written by Lewis, Philippa

    Gibbard, P., 6 Jun 2019, In : Emotions: History, Culture, Society. 3, 1, p. 174-175 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Corpus des notes marginales de Voltaire, vol. 9A-9B: Spallanzani-Zeno

    Translated title of the contribution: Voltaire, 'Corpus of Voltaire's Marginal Notes': Spallanzi-ZenoGibbard, P., Elaguina, N., Renwick, J., Gargett, G., Groffier, E., Korolev, S., Langille, E., Mervaud, M., Neiertz, P., Pink, G. & Schwarzbach, B., 2018, Oxford, UK: Voltaire Foundation. 802 p. (Œuvres complètes de Voltaire; vol. 144A-144B)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Emile Zola, 'The Dream': Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Paul Gibbard

    Gibbard, P. (Translator), 27 Sep 2018, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 240 p. (Oxford World's Classics)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Empiricism and sensibility in the Australian journal of Théodore Leschenault de la Tour

    Gibbard, P., 2018, Natural History in Early Modern France: The Poetics of an Epistemic Genre. Garrod, R. & Smith, P. J. (eds.). Netherlands: Brill, p. 263-290

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

    Open Access
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    Centre for the History of Emotions

    Lynch, A., Van Gent, J., White, R., Konishi, S., Gibbard, P., Broomhall, S., Lemmings, D., Davidson, J., Trigg, S., Holbrook, P., Ruys, J., Zika, C. & Haskell, Y.

    Australian Research Council


    Project: Research