Professor Martin A Kayman

Professor Martin A Kayman

Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 5971
2.08, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

My focus lies in the English Literature and Critical and Cultural Theory areas of the School.

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.

Research interests

  • law and literature
  • eighteenth-century culture
  • crime fiction
  • the culture of police
  • the cultural politics of English
  • globalisation

Postgraduate students

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'.