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José A. Pérez Diéz

After studying physics and English language and literature at the Complutense University of Madrid, I moved to the UK to read for an MA in Shakespeare and Theatre at the Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon, where I stayed on to undertake my doctorate. My thesis was a modern-spelling critical edition of John Fletcher and Philip Massinger's 1615 comedy Love's Cure, or The Martial Maid, which was based on a Spanish comedia of the same period, La fuerza de la costumbre (The Force of Custom) by the Valencian dramatist Guillén de Castro. I was appointed Research Fellow at the School of English of the University of Leeds in 2015 to work on the new critical edition of the complete works of John Marston (1576-1634), due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2020 under the general editorship of Professor Martin Butler (Leeds) and Professor Matthew Steggle (University of Bristol). I have particular responsibility over the old-spelling text that will be published as part of the Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) alongside the modern-spelling edition.

I am also the Membership Officer for the British Shakespeare Association and the Conference Organiser for the Malone Society.

At Leeds I also convene The Playhouse Lab, a forum to experiment with Renaissance drama from a practical point of view, offering a series of unrehearsed script-in-hand performances of plays from the period in the Workshop Theatre. Our aim is to support teaching and research in the School of English, scheduling plays from our undergraduate modules (Level 1 Drama, Level 2 Renaissance Literature, Level 2 and 3 Jacobean Drama, and Level 3 Shakespeare, among other modules), as well as plays being edited by members of the School.

Theatre History Podcast #40

Theatre History Podcast #40

Dr. José A. Pérez Díez & Dr. Matthew Steggle Introduce the Oxford Marston

24 July 2017

Dr. José A. Pérez Díez & Dr. Matthew Steggle talk about early modern English playwright John Marston and how they're editing his Complete Works