Martin Butler

Martin Butler


I arrived at Leeds in 1984, and was appointed to a personal chair in 1998. Previously I took my BA and PhD at Cambridge University. I have been a research fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, and a Leverhulme research fellow. In 2013 I was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Research interests

My work revolves around Shakespeare and his contemporaries, particularly 17th-century theatre and book history. My research focuses on the politics of the English stage, the court masque, Ben Jonson, and cinematic adaptation of Renaissance texts. For my editorial work on Shakespeare, Jonson, Massinger and Marston, see especially and

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  • MA
  • PhD

Student education

I teach a wide range of undergraduate and MA modules in the areas of Shakespeare and the Renaissance. I have a special focus on the textual editing strand of our Final Year Projects in English.

Research groups and institutes

  • Textual Histories Research Group

Current postgraduate researchers

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