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Professor Sir Jonathan Bate FBA

English Language and Literature

About this Fellow

Jonathan Bate has wide ranging research interests in Shakespeare, Romanticism, theatre history, the contribution of poetry to thinking about the wellbeing of both the human mind and the natural environment, and many other aspects of literary history.



Current post

  • Provost, Worcester College, University of Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Fellow, Trinity Hall University of Cambridge, 1970
  • Leverhulme Personal Research Professor, University of Liverpool, 1970
  • King Alfred Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool, 1970
  • Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick, University of Warwick, 1970
  • Leverhulme Research Professor and King Alfred Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool, University of Liverpool, 1970
  • Provost, Worcester College University of Oxford, 1970

British Academy Appointments

  • Vice-President (Humanities), 2011 - 2014


Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life 2015

John Clare: A Biography 2003

Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare 2009

The RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works 2007

Shakespeare and Ovid 1993

The genius of Shakespeare 1997

The song of the Earth 2000

Other Early Modern Languages and Literatures to 1830 Fellows

Professor Neil Kenny

Sixteenth & seventeenth century literature & thought in Europe, especially France; the role played by various dimensions of language (eg concept-formation; tense-aspect) in the shaping of knowledge & belief.

Professor Jeremy Lawrance

The medieval & Renaissance literature & history of Spain from 1200 to 1700, with special interests in literacy, libraries & the history of ideas; humanism; imperialism

Professor Joachim Whaley

The Holy Roman Empire in its European context from the fifteenth century to 1806; the legacy of the Holy Roman Empire in German-speaking central Europe from 1806 to the present

Professor Simon Franklin

History and culture of Russia & Eastern Europe, Medieval & Early Modern; cultural and social history of information technologies

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