Post, Jonathan F S

Distinguished Research Professor

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A.B. Amherst College, 1970; Ph.D. University of Rochester, 1976.



On the faculty at Yale in the late 1970s, Jonathan Post joined the UCLA English Department in 1980, where he has served as Chair of the Department and has twice been Interim Dean of Humanities. He is the founding Director of the UCLA Summer Shakespeare Program in Stratford and London.

His scholarly and teaching interests range from early modern to modern poetry, with a special interest in Shakespeare, Milton, and the Metaphysical poets, and 20th and 21st century poetics and matters of literary influence.  His books include Henry Vaughan: The Unfolding Vision (Princeton, 1982); Sir Thomas Browne (MacMillan, 1987), English Lyric Poetry:  The Early Seventeenth Century (Routledge, 1999; rpt 2002); Green Thoughts, Green Shades, Essays by Contemporary Poets on the Early Modern Lyric (California, 2002); The Selected Letters of Anthony Hecht (Johns Hopkins, 2013); The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare’s Poetry (2013); A Thickness of Particulars: The Poetry of Anthony Hecht (Oxford, 2015); Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Poems: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2017); and Elizabeth Bishop: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2022).

He has held fellowships from The Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Endowment of the Humanities, The Bogliasco Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.


Selected Publications

Link to Selected Publications

Interest Areas
• Renaissance & Early Modern Studies
• Modern & Contemporary Poetry