Professor Russell Goulbourne

Professor Russell Goulbourne

Professor of Early Modern French Literature

+44 (0)113 343 3483

Summary: Early modern French literature; seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French drama; Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau; reception studies; literary translation

Biography

Having been educated at Merchant Taylors' Boys' School, Crosby, and Keble College, Oxford, I came to Leeds as a Lecturer in French in 2000. In 2005 I was made a Senior Lecturer and I was promoted to a Chair in 2006. I was Head of Department from 2008 to 2011. In 2011 I was awarded the 'médaille d'honneur' of the French Senate. I was on research leave in 2011/12 and spent some of that time as a Research Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Research

My research focuses on early modern French literature. Many of my publications have been on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French drama, and in particular on Voltaire's comic theatre. I am also a member of the Editorial Board of the Voltaire Foundation's Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, for which I have edited a number of Voltaire's plays; I am now working alongside the General Editor, Prof. Nicholas Cronk, as the edition -- due for completion in 2018 -- enters its final stages. Current research projects include: a study of the reception of Horace in eighteenth-century France; a critical edition of some of Voltaire's poetry; a biography of Diderot; and a monograph on the concept of posterity in eighteenth-century France. I am also interested in literary translation: in the Oxford World's Classics series I have published translations of Diderot's The Nun and Rousseau's Reveries of the Solitary Walker. I was an Associate Editor (responsible for entries on French literature) for The Oxford Companion to English Literature, edited by Dinah Birch (2009). I lead the LHRI research theme on Cultural Exchange. I am also Co-Editor of French Studies, the quarterly journal of the Society for French Studies, and Secretary of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French.

Teaching

I teach French language and literature from the seventeenth century to the present day. I'm Course Director of three modules: Culture and Society in Early Modern France (Level 2); Satire, Sedition and Censorship in Early Modern France (Level 3); and Women in Early Modern France (Level 3). I also lecture on a number of other modules, including Introduction to French Studies: Resistance and Desire (Level 1); Foundations of Modern French Thought (Level 2); and The Short Form in French and Francophone Literature (Level 2). I am currently External Examiner in French at the University of Kent and at the University of St Andrews.

Research supervision

I am happy to supervise research students wishing to work in any aspect of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature and culture. I have recently supervised Laura Mackie, who wrote an MA thesis on the reception of Voltaire's Candide in eighteenth-century Britain, and Sarah Taylor, who wrote an MA thesis on the images of Voltaire in the French periodical press in the 1760s.

Publications

Monograph 

Critical editions

  • Voltaire, L'Enfant prodigue, ed. J. Dunkley and R. Goulbourne, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 16 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2003), pp. 1-234
  • Voltaire, La Femme qui a raison, ed. R. Goulbourne and M. Waddicor, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 30A (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2003), pp. 255-368
  • Voltaire, L'Indiscret, ed. J. Dunkley and R. Goulbourne, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 3A (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2004), pp. 1-122
  • Voltaire, Thérèse, ed. R. Goulbourne, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 28A (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2006), pp. 21-35
  • Voltaire, La Princesse de Navarre, ed. R. Goulbourne, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 28A (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2006), pp. 83-278
  • Voltaire, Le Temple de la gloire, ed. R. Goulbourne, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 28A (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2006), pp. 279-403
  • Voltaire, L'Envieux, ed. R. Goulbourne, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 18B (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2007), pp. 1-96
  • Voltaire, Epître à un ministre d'Etat sur l'encouragement des arts, ed. R. Goulbourne, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 18B (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2007), pp. 431-461
  • Voltaire, Samson, ed. R. Goulbourne, in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 18C (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2008), pp. 189-328
  • Voltaire, Questions sur l'Encyclopédie articles 'Abus', 'Abus des mots', 'Anatomie', 'De l'âne d'or de Machiavel', 'Antiquité', 'Apocalypse', in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 38 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2007), pp. 59-66, 67-72, 323-329, 361-362, 400-416, 440-448; 'Avarice', 'Souverain bien', 'Biens d'Eglise', 'Bouffon, burlesque', 'Cérémonies, titres, prééminence', in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 39 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2008), pp. 203-204, 365-366, 367-381, 444-456, 555-568; 'Charlatan', 'Contradiction', 'Contraste', 'Cromwell', in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 40 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2009), pp. 36-42, 231-250, 251-252, 320-322; 'Eglogue', 'Eloquence', 'Enthousiasme', 'Envie', 'Epigramme', 'Esprit', 'Flatterie', in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 41 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2010), pp. 46-53, 60-67, 126-133, 134-137, 138-143, 240-254, 444-448; 'Homme', 'Honneur', 'Japon', in Les Oeuvres complètes de Voltaire, vol. 41A (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2011), pp. 260-282, 283-288, 298-302.

Edited volumes

Translations

Articles/chapters

  • 'Visual Effects and the Theatrical Illusion in Pierre Corneille's Early Plays', Papers in French Seventeenth-Century Literature, 49 (1998), 531-544
  • 'The Sound of Silence... Points de suspension in Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal', Australian Journal of French Studies, 36 (1999), 200-213
  • 'The Eighteenth-Century "querelle des vers" and Jean Du Castre d'Auvigny's La Tragédie en prose', SVEC [Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century], 2000:05, 371-410
  • 'Gender Trouble: Identity Games in Voltaire's La Prude', SVEC, 2000:08, 195-202
  • 'Diderot et Horace, ou le paradoxe du théâtre moderne', in N. Cronk (ed.), Etudes sur 'Le Fils naturel' et les 'Entretiens sur le Fils naturel' de Diderot (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2000), pp. 112-122
  • 'Essai bibliographique', in N. Cronk (ed.), Etudes sur 'Le Fils naturel' et les 'Entretiens sur le Fils naturel' de Diderot (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2000), pp. 181-209
  • 'The Bacchic Sign: Wine in Seventeenth-Century French Comedy', Cahiers du Dix-septième, 8 (2001), 143-156
  • 'De la mise en scène à la mise en page: les notes dans le théâtre comique de Voltaire', SVEC, 2003:03, 245-254
  • 'Comédie et altérité: l'Afrique et les Africains dans le théâtre comique du XVIIe siècle', in A. Baccar (ed.), L'Afrique au XVIIe siècle: mythes et réalités (Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2003), pp. 293-308
  • 'Genre littéraire, sexe féminin: les enjeux esthétiques de Cénie de Mme de Graffigny', SVEC, 2004:12, 26-40
  • 'Voltaire, Pope et la souscription: l'exemple de La Henriade', Revue Voltaire, 4 (2004), 81-96
  • 'Remembering and Dismembering Racine in the Eighteenth Century', SVEC, 2005:08, 145-169
  • '"Cet amalgame est le grand'uvre": hybridation dramaturgique dans La Princesse de Navarre de Voltaire', Revue Voltaire, 6 (2006), 169-177
  • 'Horace au siècle des Lumières: sapere aude et la pré-histoire de la devise kantienne', SVEC, 2006:12, 167-183
  • 'Satire in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century France', in R. Quintero (ed.), A Companion to Satire: Ancient and Modern (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), pp. 139-160
  • 'Chain Reactions in the Eighteenth Century: Racine, Marot, Horace', SVEC, 2007:06, 9-17
  • 'La réception des comédies de Voltaire en Angleterre au dix-huitième siècle', Revue Voltaire, 7 (2007), 21-35
  • 'Voltaire's Socrates', in M. Trapp (ed.), Socrates from Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), pp. 229-247
  • 'Intertextes, supplements et strategies rhétoriques dans les Questions sur l'Encyclopédie', in O. Ferret, G. Goggi and C. Volpilhac-Auger (eds), Copier/coller: écriture et réécriture chez Voltaire (Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2007), pp.191-195
  • 'Voltaire and the Calas Affair in England', SVEC, 2008:10, 159-170
  • 'Presse périodique et critique dramatique au dix-huitième siècle: le théâtre de Voltaire dans le Journal encyclopédique', Oeuvres et critiques, 33.2 (2008), 85-99
  • 'Voltaire's Masks: Theatre and Theatricality', in N. Cronk (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 93-108
  • 'Appropriating Horace in Eighteenth-Century France', in L. B. T. Houghton and M. Wyke (eds), Perceptions of Horace: A Roman Poet and his Readers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 256-270  
  • 'The Comedy of National Character: Images of the English in Early Eighteenth-Century French Comedy', Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, 33.3 (2010), 335-355 
  • 'Diderot and the Ancients', in J. Fowler (ed.), New Essays on Diderot (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 13-30
  • 'Eighteenth-Century French Comedy', in W. Burgwinkle, N. Hammond and E. Wilson (eds), The Cambridge History of French Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 378-384  
  • 'Espace théâtral, espace politique: La Princesse de Navarre de Voltaire', in P. Frantz and T. Wynn (eds), La Scène, la salle et la coulisse dans le théâtre du XVIIIe siècle en France (Paris: Presses de l'Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2011), pp. 225-234 
  • 'Conversations with the Dead in Early Modern France', Modern Language Review, forthcoming [2013]