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About this Fellow

Early modern literature in its historical and intellectual contexts, especially poetry and drama; Edmund Spenser's engagement with Gaelic Ireland, the dynamics of Tudor and Jacobean patronage, the aesthetics of Renaissance tragedy.

Website: http://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/fellows_and_research/mccabe.shtml

Appointments

Current post

  • Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, Fellow of Merton College

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer, University College Dublin, 1982 - 1986
  • Lecturer, Trinity College, Dublin, 1986 - 1992
  • Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, 1992 - 1993
  • Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, Fellow of Merton College, Merton College University of Oxford, 1993
  • Pembroke College, Cambridge University, Drapers' Research Fellow, Pembroke College University of Cambridge, 1978 - 1982
  • Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, Fellow of Merton College, Merton College University of Oxford, 1993

British Academy Appointments

  • Member of Council, 2014 - 2017

Publications

The Pillars of Eternity: Time and Providence in 'The Faerier Queene' 1987

Incest, Drama, and Nature's Law 1993

Spenser's Monstrous Regiment: Elizabethan Ireland and the Poetics of Difference 2002

Other Early Modern Languages and Literatures to 1830 Fellows

Professor Joachim Whaley

The Holy Roman Empire in its European context from the fifteenth century to 1806; the legacy of the Holy Roman Empire in German-speaking central Europe from 1806 to the present

Professor Simon Franklin

History and culture of Russia & Eastern Europe, Medieval & Early Modern; cultural and social history of information technologies

Professor Michael Allen

Renaissance philosophy, particularly the Platonism of Marsilio Ficino & Pica della Mirandola; Renaissance poetry, magic, mythology, iconography & hermeneutics; Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare.

Professor Nigel Leask

Literature & culture of the 'long Romantic period', with a focus on empire, nation & travel writing. My recent focus is Scottish literature & thought 1750-1850, with a special emphasis on Robert Burns & his poetic & intellectual circle.