Martin Kayman

Martin Kayman is Professor of English Literature, and took both his undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of York. Following a long period working at Coimbra University, Portugal, where he was Director of the Institute for English Studies and chair of the Department of Anglo-American Studies, Martin moved to Cardiff in 2000. He is currently one of the three general editors of the European Journal of English Studies. Previously, he was, from 1998 to 2003, the editor of the European English Messenger, the newsletter of the European Society for the Study of English. In 2005, on behalf of the European Society for the Study of English and the British Council, I completed a Survey of English Studies in Europe.


With a background in Ezra Pound, science and literature and the politics of Modernism, Martin’s research is currently focused in two areas. His interests in law and literature embraces issues of fictionality, writing and authority at a theoretical level, along with a particular attention to how such issues are articulated during the crucial period of the 18th century, as well as to how they are dealt with in narratives of crime in the 19th and early 20th centuries. His second major area of research interest concerns both theoretical and historical issues in the cultural politics of English and, particularly, English Studies in Europe.

Martin is presently working on a study of the postmodern authority of the ‘corpus’ in law, literature and theory, and on the historical and theoretical relations between law and literature in the 18th century—while continuing to explore issues relating to what might characterise ‘European’ English Studies.



  • The Modernism of Ezra Pound: the Science of Poetry (St Martin’s Press, 1986).
  • From Bow Street to Baker Street: Mystery, Detection and Narrative (Macmillan, 1992).

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