Prospective Students

Bart van Es

BA, MPhil, PhD Camb

Teaching

I teach literature from the Renaissance to the mid eighteenth century.

About me

I studied English at Cambridge and first came to Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church in 1999, moving to Catz as a University Lecturer in 2004. My publications include Spenser's Forms of History (2002), A Critical Companion to Spenser Studies (2006), and Shakespeare in Company (2013).

Research

I am interested in connections between history writing and poetry in early modern England.  In recent years my research has focused primarily on Renaissance drama and the material realities of London’s theatre world.

Graduate supervision

I have supervised graduate students at Masters and PhD level reception history, antiquarianism, theatre history, Spenser, and Shakespeare

Sullivan Fellow and Tutor in English
Sullivan Clarendon Professor of English Literature

Philosophy & Modern Languages

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine's has a large number of undergraduates studying Philosophy or Modern Languages in combination with other subjects. This means that there are plenty of other students within St Catherine's with which to discuss work.
  • St Catherine's has one of the larger college libraries in the university: a convenient place to work as well as borrow books, open until midnight during term.

See the page on Modern Languages for more details.

Modern Languages & Linguistics

Why Catz?

  • We admit up to 10-12 students each year for Modern Languages, making us the largest undergraduate subject in College and making Catz one of the most important Oxford colleges for Modern Languages.
  • We offer most joint degrees (Modern Languages and another subject) and language combinations, including a number of languages that can be studied from scratch.
  • Our tutorial fellows (full-time permanent tutors) in French, Linguistics and Spanish are internationally recognized experts in their fields.

History & Politics

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine's has a large number of undergraduates studying History or Politics in combination with other subjects. This means that there are plenty of other students within St Catherine's with which to discuss work.

History & English

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine's has a large number of undergraduates studying History or English, or either in combination with other subjects. This means that there are plenty of other students within St Catherine's with which to discuss work.

See the History and English pages for more details.

History & Economics

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine's has a large number of undergraduates studying History or Economics in combination with other subjects. This means that there are plenty of other students within St Catherine's with which to discuss work.
  • St Catherine’s has one of the larger college libraries in the university, a convenient place to work as well as borrow books, open until midnight during term.

English & Modern Languages

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine's has a large number of undergraduates studying English or Modern Languages in combination with other subjects. This means that there are plenty of other students within St Catherine's with which to discuss work.
  • St Catherine’s has one of the larger college libraries in the university, a convenient place to work as well as borrow books, open until midnight during term.

Physics & Philosophy

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine's has a large number of undergraduates studying Physics or Philosophy in combination with other subjects. This means that there are plenty of other students within St Catherine's with which to discuss work.
  • The College is very conveniently situated near to the Department of Physics, where lectures and practicals are held. Although the Faculty of Philosophy is slightly further away, the walk is very pleasant.

The Cameron Mackintosh Professor of Contemporary Theatre

The Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre was founded through a grant from the Mackintosh Foundation to enable the establishment of a Visiting Professorship at the University held with a Professorial Fellowship at St Catherine's College. The aim is to promote interest in, and the study and practice of, contemporary theatre at Oxford, and we are very pleased that Sir Cameron chose St. Catherine’s as the place to play host to his Chair. Sir Cameron Mackintosh was knighted for services to the British Theatre in 1996 and is an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College.

Over the twenty-plus years of its existence, the Visiting Professorship has been held by actors, writers, directors, and producers, all of whom have interacted with students based in Oxford. The list of Professors is as follows:

Sir Tom Stoppard (2017-)

Claude-Michel Schönberg (2016-2017)

Simon Russell Beale (2014-2015)

Stephen Fry (2013-2014)

Sir Michael Boyd (2012-13)

Meera Syal (2011-12)

Sir Trevor Nunn (2010-11)

Michael Frayn (2009-10)

Kevin Spacey (2008-09)

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE (2006-07)

Phyllida Lloyd (2005-06)

Patrick Marber (2004-05)

Sir Tim Rice (2003)

Stephen Daldry (2002)

John Napier (2001)

Sir Nicholas Hytner (2000)

Dame Diana Rigg (1999)

Thelma Holt (1998)

Sir Richard Eyre (1997)

Lord Attenborourgh (1996)

Arthur Miller (1995)

Sir Peter Shaffer (1994)

Sir Michael Codron (1993)

Sir Alan Ayckbourn (1992)

Sir Ian McKellen (1991)

Stephen Sondheim (1990)

The Mackintosh Foundation itself was established by Sir Cameron Mackintosh in 1988 to promote and develop theatre and the performing arts; to provide relief for the homeless, to relieve suffering of and promote research into the causes and treatment of AIDS; and to provide for medical research and relief of sickness. The Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund for Contemporary Theatre has helped some of the University’s brightest young actors, directors, producers and writers, stage shows during the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 

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