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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 6581
2.08, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

I am currently the College Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies. I was formerly Head of ENCAP.

My interests lie at the intersections of English Literature, Critical and Cultural Theory, and English Language. More precisely, I am interested in the historical and theoretical relations between literature and law, and in the cultural politics of English as a subject within Europe and as a 'global' language or 'lingua franca'.

I took both my undergraduate degree and  my PhD at the University of York. I subsequently took up an appointment at Coimbra University, Portugal, where, in time, I became Director of the Institute for English Studies and chair of the Department of Anglo-American Studies. I moved to Cardiff in 2000. 

I have served as Director of Research (2002-4) and Head of School (2004-14), and am currently College Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies.

From 2004 to 2017, I was one of the three general  editors of The European Journal of  English Studies. Previously, for six years I was responsible for The European English Messenger, the newsletter of  the European Society for the Study of English. 







  • 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 largely in law and literature, understood in an increasingly broad sense, reflecting my sense of related crises in both institutions.

My work in ˜law and literature™ has addressed issues of fictionality, writing and authority, with a particular attention to how such issues were 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.

In recent years, addressing more contemporary issues, my work has accompanied moves in 'law and literature' to 'law and culture', turning to triangulated relations between law, religion, and the visual. At the same time, I am interested in the 'literary' character of a body of 'unwritten' law and the special place of 'English law' in British identity and culture, particularly in the context of multiculturalism, globalisation and 'Brexit'. 

I also retain an interest in theoretical and historical issues in the cultural politics of English and, particularly, of 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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