Dr María Bastianes
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina before moving to Spain to study my undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Salamanca (2005–2011).
I completed my PhD at the Theatre Institute of Madrid (Complutense University of Madrid) in 2016. I then worked for the Spanish Ministry of Culture and held nationally-funded post-doctoral positions in Spain and Italy.
I joined the University of Leeds in April 2019 to begin EStages.UK (Spanish Theatre in the United Kingdom), with a European-funded Marie Curie Individual Fellowship.
My work operates at the intersection where Transcultural Studies meets Performance, Translation and Reception Studies as I use the performance of Spanish classics (from the Early Modern period to García Lorca) as a lens through which to explore and challenge how Spain has been imagined (and has imagined itself) from the 19th to the 21st century. My first book reconstructs for the first time the on-stage life in Spain of Celestina, a genuine European best-seller of the 16th century, and I am currently working on a second monograph (under contract in Routledge).
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