Carl G. Martin

Carl G. Martin

  • Associate Professor


Carl G. Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, an M. Litt. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and a doctorate from Tufts University.


The Awntyrs off Arthure, an Economy of Pain.” Modern Philology, vol. 108, no. 2, 2010, pp. 177–198.

“Bisclavret and the Subject of Torture.” Romanic Review, vol. 104, no. 1–2, 2013, pp. 22–43.

“‘Bitraised Thorough False Folk’: Criseyde, the Siege, and the Threat of Treason.” The Chaucer Review, vol. 37, no. 3, 2003, pp. 219–233.

i“The Cipher of Chivalry: Violence as Courtly Play in the World of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The Chaucer Review” , vol. 43, no. 3, 2009, pp. 311–329.

“Feats and Feasts: The Valorization of Sir Gareth of Orkney’s ‘Grete Laboure.’” Studies in Philology, vol. 113, no. 2, 2016, pp. 231–253.

“In Agincourt’s Shadow: Hoccleve’s ‘Balade au … conpaignie du Iarter’ and the Domestication of Henry V.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer, vol. 41, 2019, pp. 183–219. With Modhumita Roy. “Narrative Resistance: A Conversation with Historian Marcus Rediker.” Works & Days, vols. 33–34, nos. 1–2, 2016, pp. 93–110.

Martin, born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to immigrant parents, has always been interested in the stories — and histories — of earlier times and distant places. He teaches early British and world literatures, as well History of the English Language, Science Fiction Literature, and The Bible as Literature. He hopes to devote more attention in his classes to the epic Beowulf and J.R.R. Tolkien’s work.

His scholarship focuses on class, violence, and ideology in 15th- and 16th-century texts. He tries to explore and expose the literary and cultural tools that the European aristocracy used to rationalize its violence and material power, which perpetuated class-based injustices. He is also an editorial board member of the journal Socialism and Democracy, for which he writes book reviews on history, philosophy and the visual arts.

Martin served for five years on the Faculty Senate, and is currently chair of the Faculty Library Committee.

Martin has received many awards for his scholarship including a Mellon Fellowship (2001), the Norwich University Award for Excellence in Research (2011, 2014), and in 2016 he enjoyed a month’s residency as a Mayers Fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, to study Thomas Hoccleve’s medieval manuscripts.