Richard McCabe is currently researching Renaissance Tragedy and the English and Gaelic literature of Elizabethan and Jacobean Ireland
Studying English and joint schools at Merton
The approach to literary studies at Merton is based on the close reading of literary texts, informed by an understanding of historical, aesthetic, and intellectual contexts, but there is ample opportunity for theoretical diversity.
Most students take the English Language and Literature Course I but applicants with an interest in Course II are welcome. Considerable emphasis is placed upon the intellectual background to literature, and tutorials are regularly supplemented by seminars in this area. Teaching is organized by the tutorial fellows and the Fitzjames Fellow in English, but specialist options are catered for by experts from across the Faculty as a whole.
The Merton Professors of English Language and Literature are Fellows of the College. JRR Tolkien held one of these chairs.
Michael's undergraduate tutorial teaching covers literature 1832 to the present. He researches modernism and modernist writers, particularly in relation to their intellectual, social, and literary contexts.