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Professor Sir Jonathan Bate FBA

English Language and Literature
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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 - 1970
  • Leverhulme Personal Research Professor, University of Liverpool, 1970 - 1970
  • King Alfred Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool, 1970 - 1970
  • Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick, University of Warwick, 1970 - 1970
  • Leverhulme Research Professor and King Alfred Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool, University of Liverpool, 1970 - 1970
  • Provost, Worcester College University of Oxford, 1970 - 1970

British Academy Appointments

  • Vice-President (Humanities), 2011 - 2014


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18th-century Britain, including literary, political, social and cultural history, with special concentrations in the history of the book and aspects of music, gardening and medicine

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