PROF Russell Goulbourne

PROF Russell Goulbourne


  • Senior Executive, Arts
  • Literature in French (17th and 18th century French literature)



  • Russell Goulbourne studied at Keble College, Oxford. He then taught in the Department of French at the University of Leeds between 2000 and 2013, first as a Lecturer (2000-05), then as a Senior Lecturer (2005-06) and finally as Professor of Early Modern French Literature (2006-13). He also served as Head of Department from 2008 to 2011.

    He moved to King’s College London in January 2014 as Professor of French Literature and was Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities from January 2014-August 2018.


Selected publications


Education and training

  • D.Phil, University of Oxford 2000
  • MSt, University of Oxford 1997
  • BA, University of Oxford 1996


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Research Interests and PhD Supervision
    • 17th and 18th century French literature
    • Reception of classical antiquity in early modern France
    • History of the book and textual editing
    • Literary translation

    Russell Goulbourne’s main research interests are in early modern French literature. He has worked on 17th and 18th century French drama, and in particular on the comic theatre of Voltaire, a number of whose plays he has edited for the Voltaire Foundation’s Œuvres complètes de Voltaire. Current research projects include: a critical edition of some of Voltaire’s poetry; a study of the reception of the Roman poet Horace in 18th-century France; and a monograph on the concept of posterity in early modern France.

    Russell Goulbourne would be happy to supervise PhD students working on any aspect of 17th and 18th century French literature.