Robert K. Martin

Robert K. Martin (1941-2012) taught for many years in the English Department of the Université de Montréal. His gay work began in the mid-1970s and reached a large audience through soft core publications like In Touch. These were followed by many works of serious scholarship. Robert was one of the first academics to appear on the lgbt Canadian scene.

Grossman, Jay. “Queer lineations: Robert K. Martin and gay literary studies.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 14(4) (October 2008): 599-602

See also articles on Martin’s work: Judith Scherer Herz “Miss Avery in the garden with the sword: Forster and friendship”; Eric Savoy “Arvin’s Melville, Martin’s Arvin”; and Christopher S. Nealon “Queer tradition.”


Roman Holidays: American Writers and Artists in Nineteenth-Century Italy. Edited by Robert K. Martin & Leland S. Person. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2002.

“Bringing contemporary concerns about gender, race, and class to bear upon nineteenth-century texts, Roman Holidays is an especially timely contribution to nineteenth-century American studies.”

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Martin, Robert K. “Review of Vivian Pollak’s The Erotic Whitman.” Nineteenth-Century Literature. 56(4) (March 2002): 545-546.

Martin, Robert K. “A dream still invincible?: The Matthiessen tradition.” p.97-104 In Whitman East and West: New Contexts for Reading Walt Whitman. Edited by Ed Folsom. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2002).

Martin analyzes Mark Merlis’s 1994 novel American Studies, a fictionalized account of F.O. Matthiessen’s life.

Boyd, Jason. “Martin, Robert K(essler).” p.263-264. In Who’s Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present. Edited by Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. London: Routledge, 2000.


Martin, Robert K. The Homosexual Tradition in American Poetry: An Expanded Edition. Revised ed. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1998.

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See Gayle Levy “On teaching poetry” in College Literature.  Fall 2001.
See review by David Jarraway in English Studies in Canada. 26(2) (June 2000): 237-240. PE1065.A1 E64
See review by Arnie Kantrowitz in Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review. 6(4) (Fall 1999) : 51-52
See review by Jared Gardner in American Literature. 71(4) (1999): 817-818


Martin, Robert K. “Haunted by Jim Crow: gothic fictions by Hawthorne and Faulkner.” p.129-142.

In American Gothic: New Interventions in a National Narrative. Edited by Robert K. Martin & Eric Savoy. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1998. PS374.G68 A8 1998

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Martin, Robert K. Queer Forster. Edited by Robert K. Martin and George Piggford. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

See review by Graeme Woolaston in Gay Times (London), July 1998, p.100

Robert K. Martin, guest editor of a special issue “Lesbian and gay studies issue II.” English Studies in Canada. 21(2) (June 1995): 227-250. PE1065.A1 E64

Includes articles by Barbara Godard, Stephen Guy-Bray, M. Morgan Holmes, Steven Bruhm, Colette Peters, Lianne Moyes and Barbara Gabriel.

Robert K. Martin, guest editor of a special issue “Lesbian and gay studies.” English Studies in Canada. 20(2) (June 1994): 125-247. PE1065.A1 E64

Includes articles by Eric Savoy, Glenn Burger, Jim Ellis, Tiffany F. Potter, Susan Brown and Peter Dickinson.

Robert K. Martin. “Scandal at Smith.” Radical Teacher. 45 (Winter 1994): 4-8.

Newton Arvin, professor of English at Smith College was arrested by the Massachusetts State Police on September 2, 1960. Nine magazines and some photographs were ultimately presented as evidence during his pornography bust.

Martin, Robert K. “Roland Barthes: toward an ‘écriture gaie.’ ” p.282-298. In Camp Grounds: Style and Homosexuality / edited by David Bergman. Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c1993. PN56.H57 C36 1993


Martin, Robert K. (ed.) The Continuing Presence of Walt Whitman: The Life after the Life. Edited by Robert K. Martin. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1992.

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See review in Dutch periodical Homologie (Amsterdam), June 1993, p.22-25.

Martin, Robert K. “Sex and politics in wartime Canada: the attack on Patrick Anderson.” Essays on Canadian Writing. 44 (1991): 110-115. PS8001 .E88

Martin, Robert K. Hero, Captain, and Stranger: Male Friendship, Social Critique, and Literary Forms in the Sea Novels of Herman Melville. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.

See review by Jesse Monteagudo in The Weekly News (Miami, FL). 10(3) (September 17, 1986) : 37.
See review by John Seelye in Nineteenth-Century Literature. 41(4) (March 1987): 509-511.

Martin, Robert K. “Edward Carpenter and the double structure in Maurice.” Journal of Homosexuality. 8(3/4) (Spring/Summer 1983) : 35-46. HQ75 .J68

E.M. Forster (1879-1970) claimed to have written the book Maurice after a visit to the English homosexual socialist Edward Carpenter (1844-1929).

Martin, Robert K. E.M. Forster, Centenary Revaluations. Edited by Judith Scherer Herz and Robert K. Martin. Toronto ; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1982.

Martin, Robert K. The Homosexual Tradition in American Poetry. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1979.

See review by Richard Pollack in Christopher Street. 5(1) (October 1980): 54-56.