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Professor Martin Paul Eve

Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing

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Department of English and Humanities
School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

Twitter: @martin_eve


Martin Paul Eve is Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London. Previously he was a Lecturer in English at the University of Lincoln, UK and an Associate Tutor/Lecturer at the University of Sussex, where he completed his Ph.D.

Martin specialises in contemporary American fiction (primarily the works of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace), histories and philosophies of technology, and technological mutations in scholarly publishing. He is the author of five books, Pynchon and Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Foucault and Adorno (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Password (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016)Literature Against Criticism: University English & Contemporary Fiction in Conflict (Open Book Publishers, 2016), and Close Reading with Computers: Textual Scholarship, Computational Formalism, and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas (Stanford University Press, 2019). From 2015-2020, Martin is a member of the UK English Association’s Higher Education committee.

In addition, Martin is well-known for his work on open access and HE policy, appearing before the UK House of Commons Select Committee BIS Inquiry into Open Access, writing for the British Academy Policy Series on the topic, being a steering-group member of the OAPEN-UK project, the Jisc National Monograph Strategy Group, the SCONUL Strategy Group on Academic Content and Communications, the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Open Access Steering Group, the Jisc Scholarly Communications Advisory Group, the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation advisory board, the California Digital Library/University of California Press’s Humanities Book Infrastructure advisory board, and the HEFCE Open Access Monographs Expert Reference Panel (2014), the Universities UK OA Monographs Working Group (2016-), and founding the Open Library of Humanities.

Martin is also the developer or project lead of several digital humanities/computational projects, including:

  • Janeway: a scholarly communications platform
  • meTypeset: a tool to convert from Microsoft Word .docx format to NLM/JATS-XML for scholarly/scientific article typesetting. Runs on Linux and Mac OSX.
  • CaSSius: a CSS-regions/web -based PDF typesetter for scholarly communications.
  • PlotSummary: a tool to plot various types of linguistic density graphs for a series of plaintext files in a directory. Runs on Linux and Mac OSX.
  • SankeyVariant: a web-based tool to visualize textual variance/genetics using d3.js.
  • dateText: a tool to date the first use of a list of words. Runs on Linux, Mac OSX and maybe Windows.
  • MLA Core: contributed code to fetch DOI metadata.
  • ePrintsCV: a tool to generate a list of academic publications in a web/CV-friendly format for academic websites. Runs on Linux and Mac OSX.
  • annotran: a web application based on that allows for the translation of web pages. Runs on Linux.

Research Supervision

Martin would welcome Ph.D. proposals from candidates working in any of the following areas:

  • Twentieth and twenty-first -century contemporary American fiction
  • Contemporary British fiction
  • Computational approaches to the study of literature (digital humanities)
  • Scholarly communications
Martin currently supervises the following Ph.D. candidates:

Current Students

  • Bronac Ferran: "Words in Formation: The Formative Role of Hansjorg Mayer in the Development of a Typoetical Revolution (1955-1975)"
  • Haris Irshad: "Depictions of White-Collar Work in the fiction of David Foster Wallace"
  • Raphael Kabo: "Precarious Utopias: Visions of Precarity in Contemporary Speculative Culture."
  • Erik Ketzan: "Pynchon’s Language Tools: Ambiguity, Complexity, Antonyms and Harmonics"
  • Erin Reilly: "Towards an Ethical Culture: American Mythologies and the Limits of Freedom in the Work of David Foster Wallace"

Former Students

  • Dr Stuart Lawson: "Open Access Policy in the UK: From Neoliberalism to the Commons"
  • Dr Andrew Rowcroft: "Post-Marxism" [first year supervisor only]