Professor Martin A Kayman
Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor
I took both my undergraduate degree and my PhD at the University of York. Following a long period working at Coimbra University, Portugal, where I was Director of the Institute for English Studies and chair of the Department of Anglo-American Studies, I moved to Cardiff in 2000.
I am currently one of the three general editors of The European Journal of English Studies. Previously, I 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, my research is currently focused in two areas.
My 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 eighteenth century, as well as to how they are dealt with in narratives of crime in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
My second major area of research interest concerns both theoretical and historical issues in the cultural politics of English and, particularly, English Studies in Europe.
I am 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 eighteenth century - while continuing to explore issues relating to what might characterise European English Studies.
- law and literature
- eighteenth-century culture
- crime fiction
- the culture of police
- the cultural politics of English
I would welcome applications from prospective research students with interests in literary and cultural history and theory, particularly in the politics of English in the world, eighteenth-century culture, nineteenth-century detective fiction, fin-de-siècle science & pre-Freudian psychology, and all aspects of 'law-and-literature'.