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Yr Athro Martin A Kayman

Yr Athro Martin A Kayman


+44 (0)29 2087 6581
2.08, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff


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

Additional publications

Law and Literature

‘The Law and the Statuesque’, Law and Critique, 24. 1 (2013): 1-22.

‘The Bill of Rights: “Icons” of Liberty and Law in the Early Twenty-first Century.’ Law and Humanities. 5. 2 (December 2011): 523-48.

‘Bodies of Law and Sculptural Bodies: Writing, Art, and the Real.’ Textual Practice.24. 5 (2010): 791-817.

[with Greta Olson]. ‘Introduction: From “Law-and-Literature” to “Law, Literature, and Language”: A Comparative Approach.’ European Journal of English Studies 11. 1 (2007): 1-15.

'A Memorial for Jeremy Bentham: Memory, Fiction, and Writing the Law.’ Law and Critique. XV. 3 (2004): 207-29.
‘Trials of Law and Language: Caleb Williams and John Horne Tooke.’ In the Grip of Law: Trials, Prisons and the Space Between. Eds Monika Fludernik and Greta Olson. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2004. 83-104.

‘The “New Sort of Speciality” and the “New Province of Writing”: Bank Notes, Fiction and the Law in Tom Jones.’ ELH. 68 (2001): 633-53.

‘The Reader and the Jury: Legal Fictions and the Making of Commercial Law in Eighteenth-Century England.’ Eighteenth-Century Fiction. 9. 4 (1997): 373-94. [Digital commons]

‘Lawful Writing: Common Law, Statute and the Properties of Literature.’ New Literary History. 27. 4 (1996): 761-83.

Crime Fiction

‘The Short Story from Poe to Chesterton.’ Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction. Ed. Martin Priestman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 41-58.

From Bow Street to Baker Street: Mystery, Detection and Narrative. London: Macmillan, 1992. pp viii, 269.


The Modernism of Ezra Pound: the Science of Poetry. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1986. pp xv, 199.

English in the World

‘The Lingua Franca of Globalisation: “Filius Nullius in Terra Nullius”, as we say in English.' Nordic Journal of English Studies. 8. 3 (2009): 87-115.

‘Only One Subject? Englishes in Continental Europe.’ English: The Condition of the Subject. Ed. Philip W. Martin. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006. 21-33.

[with Angela Locatelli and Ansgar Nünning.]‘Editorial: On Being European in English.’ European Journal of English Studies. 10. 1 (2006): 1-12.

A Survey of English Studies in Europe at the Turn of the Century.’ [PDF 80 KB] European English Messenger. 14. 1 (2005): 15-30. (Report on a survey conducted with the assistance of Filomena Mesquita for the European Society for the Study of English and the British Council.)

‘The state of English as a global language: communicating culture.’ Textual Practice. 18. 1 (2004): 1-22.

‘A Very Old Alliance? An Introduction to English in Portugal.’ European English Studies: Contributions towards the History of a Discipline. Eds Balz Engler and Renate Haas. The English Association for the European Society for the Study of English, 2000. 13-32.

On Difference and Difficulty: Theorizing English in Europe.’ European Journal of English Studies. 1. 1 (1997): 10-32.


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.








  • Kayman, M. A. 2012. "Iconic" Texts of Law and Religion: A Tale of Two Decalogues. In: Dahlberg, L. ed. Visualizing Law and Authority: Essays on Legal Aesthetics. Law & Literature Vol. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 13-22.
  • Kayman, M. A. 2012. "Frank and free": Global English and English Values. Presented at: 6th International IDEA Conference, Istanbul Kültür University, Istanbul, Turkey, 13-15 April 2011 Presented at Hart, P. ed.Studies in English: Proceedings from the sixth International IDEA Conference. Istanbul: Istanbul Kültür University pp. 5-22.















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'.

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