The Rhetoric Professorship at Gresham College originated in the founding of the College in the Elizabethan era. Although it has seen lectures on this classical art of discourse and persuasion, in recent times it is more often interpreted to cover topics such as history, politics or literature.
Professor Sir Jonathan Bate CBE FBA
Professor Bate is Gresham Professor of Rhetoric. He is a British academic, biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and scholar. He specialises in Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism. He is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, and Honorary Fellow of Creativity at Warwick Business School.
Professor Bate began his tenure as Gresham Professor of Rhetoric with a series on Shakespeare. The topic for his second lecture series is Wordsworth and the Romantics.
All of Professor Bate's Gresham lectures can be accessed here.