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Sir Jonathan Bate

Sir Jonathan Bate

Provost, Worcester College-Oxford

Worcester College
Oxford, OX1 2HB


  • Distinguished Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Provost, Worcester College-Oxford
  • Professor, Engilish Literature, Oxford University


Renowned Shakespearean and Eco-Critic, Sir Jonathan Bate, has been a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge; King Alfred Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool; and Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick. He has held visiting posts at Yale and the University of California-Los Angeles and is now Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature, Oxford. He is a Fellow and former Vice-President of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

His many books include: The Genius of Shakespeare, described by RSC founder Sir Peter Hall as “the best modern book on Shakespeare;” a biography of the poet John Clare, which won Britain’s two oldest literary awards; Soul of the Age, an intellectual life of Shakespeare; and The Song of the Earth, a pioneering book on poetry and the environment. He co-curated Shakespeare Staging the World, for the British Museum. He is also author of a novel, The Cure for Love and the hit one-man play for Simon Callow, Being Shakespeare. In 2015, Sir Jonathan was knighted for his services to literary scholarship and higher education.