Richard McCabe is Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of Merton College. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2006. He is author of Joseph Hall: A Study in Satire and Meditation (1982), The Pillars of Eternity: Time and Providence in ‘The Faerie Queen (1989), Incest, Drama, and Nature's Law 1550-1700 (1993), and Spenser's Monstrous Regiment: Elizabethan Ireland and the Poetics of Difference (2002/05). He has edited Edmund Spenser: The Shorter Poems (1999) and, with Howard Erskine-Hill, Presenting Poetry: Composition, Publication, Reception (1995). He is currently editing the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Spenser Studies and working on a monograph on literary patronage.