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).
Articles and Essays
- ‘Lawful Writing: Common Law, Statute and the Properties of Literature’, New Literary History, 27.4 (1996).
- ‘The Reader and the Jury: Legal Fictions and the Making of Commercial Law in Eighteenth-Century England’, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 9.4 (1997).
- ‘On Difference and Difficulty: Theorizing English in Europe’, European Journal of English Studies. 1.1 (1997).
- ‘A Very Old Alliance? An Introduction to English in Portugal’, European English Studies: Contributions towards the History of a Discipline, ed. by Balz Engler and Renate Haas (English Association for the European Society for the Study of English, 2000).
- ‘The “New Sort of Speciality” and the “New Province of Writing”: Bank Notes, Fiction and the Law in Tom Jones’, ELH, 68 (2001).
- ‘The Short Story from Poe to Chesterton’, in The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction, ed. by Martin Priestman (CUP, 2003).
- ‘A Memorial for Jeremy Bentham: Memory, Fiction, and Writing the Law’, Law and Critique, 15.3 (2004).
- ‘The State of English as a Global Language: Communicating Culture’, Textual Practice, 18.1 (2004).
- ‘Trials of Law and Language: Caleb Williams and John Horne Tooke’ in In the Grip of Law: Trials, Prisons and the Space Between. Eds Monika Fludernik and Greta Olson (Peter Lang, 2004).
- ‘A Survey of English Studies in Europe at the Turn of the Century’, European English Messenger, 14.1 (2005).
- Co-author, ‘Editorial: On Being European in English’, European Journal of English Studies, 10.1 (2006).
- ‘Only One Subject? Englishes in Continental Europe’, English: The Condition of the Subject, ed. by Philip W. Martin (Palgrave, 2006).
- Co-author, ‘Introduction: From “Law-and-Literature” to “Law, Literature, and Language”: A Comparative Approach’, European Journal of English Studies, 11.1 (2007).
- ‘The Lingua Franca of Globalisation: “Filius Nullius in Terra Nullius”, as we say in English’, Nordic Journal of English Studies. 8.3 (2009).
- ‘Bodies of Law and Sculptural Bodies: Writing, Art, and the Real’, Textual Practice, 24.5 (2010).
- ‘The Bill of Rights: “Icons” of Liberty and Law in the Early Twenty-first Century’, Law and Humanities, 5.2 (Dec 2011).
- ‘The Law and the Statuesque’, Law and Critique, 24.1 (2013).