Martin Paul Eve

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Martin Paul Eve

Photograph of Martin Paul Eve
Born (1986-05-26) May 26, 1986 (age 35)
OccupationUniversity Professor
Known forCo-founder of the Open Library of Humanities, open access policy, taxonomographic metafiction, digital humanities, the warez scene, research into Library Genesis, history of the PDF format
TitleProfessor of Literature, Technology and Publishing
AwardsPhilip Leverhulme Prize, KU Leuven Medal of Honour in the Humanities and Social Sciences, N. Katherine Hayles Award
Academic background
Alma materQueen Mary, University of London; University of Sussex
ThesisHostility or Tolerance? Philosophy, Polyphony and the Works of Thomas Pynchon (2013)
Doctoral advisorPeter Boxall
Academic work
DisciplineLiterary Studies, Digital Humanities, Library and Information Science
Sub-disciplineContemporary American fiction
InstitutionsUniversity of Lincoln, Birkbeck, University of London
Main interestsThomas Pynchon; metafiction; digital humanities Open access policy

Martin Paul Eve (born 1986) is a British academic, writer, and disability rights campaigner. He is the Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck College, University of London and Visiting Professor of Digital Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University.[1] He is known for his work on contemporary literary metafiction, computational approaches to the study of literature, and open-access policy. Together with Dr Caroline Edwards, he is co-founder of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH).

Eve was the recipient of a 2019 Philip Leverhulme Prize, the 2018 KU Leuven Medal of Honour in the Humanities and Social Sciences,[2] a joint recipient of the Electronic Literature Organization's N. Katherine Hayles 2018 Prize for his chapter in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature,[3] and in 2017 was a shortlisted finalist for the Guardian's Most Inspiring Leader in Higher Education award.[4] In 2021 Eve was listed by the Shaw Trust as one of the 100 most influential people with disabilities in the United Kingdom.[5]

Academic work[edit]

Eve's academic work focuses on contemporary American and British fiction, textual scholarship, and digital approaches to the study of literature. Eve's earliest academic work focused on the novels of Thomas Pynchon, on whose writing his Ph.D. and first book focused.[6] Eve is, though, especially well known for his work on David Mitchell and for uncovering and documenting the multiple textual editions of Cloud Atlas.[7][8][9][10] Eve has also worked extensively on the American author Jennifer Egan, again uncovering substantial differences between the published version of her texts.[11][12]

Following the work of Mark McGurl, part of Eve's ongoing project has been to chart the interactions between the academy and recent strains of fiction.[13] With reference to the novels of Sarah Waters and China Miéville, for instance, Eve has termed this phenomenon "taxonomographic metafiction", which denotes "fiction about fiction that deals with the study/construction of genre/taxonomy".[14] Eve's more recent literary studies work has turned to quantitative, computational, and digital-material approaches to the study of contemporary fiction, using approaches that have been praised for their rigour but simultaneously criticized for the amount of work that such methods require.[15] Some of Eve's most recent work, published in Book History journal has explored the PDF format, demonstrating that Adobe's board of directors attempted to cancel its development, misunderstanding its conceptual importance.[16]

Eve's work also covers the aesthetics and infrastructures of illicit underground digital cultures. His 2021 book, Warez, examines the pirate artefacts of the warez scene, arguing for the importance of understanding this culture's artforms.[17] He has further written about the pirate e-book archive, Library Genesis, and its technical infrastructures for Digital Humanities Quarterly.[18]

Finally, Eve is also known for his work studying academic cultures of evaluation. In his 2021 book, Reading Peer Review, Eve and his collaborators studied peer-review reports at the academic journal PLOS One. In this work, Eve et al. demonstrated that PLOS's attempts to shift reviewing cultures had not had the desired effect on the ground.[19] Along with Jonathan Gray, Eve has also edited a volume on the global inequalities of scholarly communications.[20]

Open-access policy[edit]

Eve is known for and significantly involved in UK and international policy work on open access. In 2013, for instance, he gave oral and written evidence to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills's Select Committee Inquiry into Open Access.[21] Eve is also a member of the Universities UK Open Access Monographs Working Group[22] and a Plan S Ambassador.[23] Eve is also a co-investigator on the £2.2m Research England funded Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM), which aims to effect a transition of the UK's academic book publications to openly accessible modes.[24] All of Eve's books are published open access and are free to download.[25]

Eve is a founder and CEO of the Open Library of Humanities, a platform with an economic model that avoids author- or funder- facing charges and that is based on his previous theoretical writings.[26][27] Originally funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,[28] the platform is funded by a consortium of over 200 libraries and publishes 25 journals.[29][30] In addition, the OLH funds journals from Liverpool University Press and the University of Wales Press to publish their titles without article processing charges.[31][32]

Disability rights work[edit]

Eve writes prominently on his blog about his health and disability.[33] Eve suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, secondary immunodeficiency, hearing loss, and has had pneumonia, sepsis, and a stroke.[34] In 2017, Eve was part of a group that protested against the inaccessibility of a lecture by Judith Butler, who met with this group to discuss these provisions.[35] For his advocacy work, in 2021 the Shaw Trust named Eve as one of the 100 most influential people with disabilities in the UK.[36]

Book Publications[edit]

  • Eve, Martin Paul (2014). Pynchon and Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Foucault and Adorno. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1137405494.
  • ——— (2014). Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University.
  • ——— (2016). Password. Object Lessons. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1501314872.
  • ——— (2016). Literature Against Criticism: University English & Contemporary Fiction in Conflict. Cambridge: Open Book. ISBN 978-1783742738.
  • ——— (2019). Close Reading with Computers: Textual Scholarship, Computational Formalism, and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-1503609365.
  • ———; Gray, Jonathan, eds. (2020). Reassembling Scholarly Communications: Histories, Infrastructures, and Global Politics of Open Access. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0262363723.
  • ———; Neylon, Cameron; O’Donnell, Daniel; Moore, Samuel; Gadie, Robert; Odeniyi, Victoria; Parvin, Shahina (2021). Reading Peer Review: PLOS ONE and Institutional Change in Academia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1108742702.
  • ——— (2021). Warez: The Infrastructure and Aesthetics of Piracy. Earth, Milky Way: punctum books. ISBN 978-1685710361.
  • ——— (2022). The Digital Humanities and Literary Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198850489.



  1. ^ "Staff Page for Martin Paul Eve, Birkbeck, University of London". Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b "KU Leuven Honorary Medal in the Humanities and Social Sciences". Ku Leuven. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Announcing the Winners of the 2018 ELO Prize". Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Higher education's most inspiring leader shortlist 2017". The Guardian. March 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Professor Martin Paul Eve". Shaw Trust Disability Power 100. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  6. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2014). Pynchon and Philosophy : Wittgenstein, Foucault and Adorno. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire. ISBN 978-1-137-40549-4. OCLC 879642549.
  7. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2019). Close Reading with Computers: Textual Scholarship, Computational Formalism, and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. Stanford: Stanford University. ISBN 978-1503609365.
  8. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2016). ""You have to keep track of your changes": The Version Variants and Publishing History of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas". Open Library of Humanities. 2 (2): 1. doi:10.16995/olh.82.
  9. ^ Schelstraete, Inge (16 August 2016). "David Mitchell minimaliseert verschillen tussen edities van 'Cloud Atlas'". De Standaard. Belgium.
  10. ^ Flood, Alison (10 August 2016). "Cloud Atlas 'astonishingly different' in US and UK editions, study finds". The Guardian. UK. |access-date=24 August 2019}}
  11. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2020-01-02). "Textual Scholarship and Contemporary Literary Studies: Jennifer Egan's Editorial Processes and the Archival Edition of Emerald City". Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory. 31 (1): 25–41. doi:10.1080/10436928.2020.1709713. ISSN 1043-6928.
  12. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2015-10-19). ""Structural Dissatisfaction": Academics on Safari in the Novels of Jennifer Egan". Open Library of Humanities. 1 (1). doi:10.16995/olh.29. ISSN 2056-6700.
  13. ^ McGurl, Mark (2009). The program era : postwar fiction and the rise of creative writing. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-06209-2. OCLC 261174089.
  14. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2016). Literature against criticism : university English and contemporary fiction in conflict. Open Book Publishers. Cambridge. p. 163. ISBN 978-1-78374-277-6. OCLC 969643362.
  15. ^ Da, Nan Z. (2019). "The Computational Case against Computational Literary Studies". Critical Inquiry. 45 (3): 601–639. doi:10.1086/702594.
  16. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2022-01-01). "New Leaves: The Histories of Digital Pagination". Book History. 25 (1). ISSN 1529-1499.
  17. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2021). Warez: The Infrastructure and Aesthetics of Piracy. Earth, Milky Way: punctum books. ISBN 978-1-68571-036-1.
  18. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2022-01-09). "Lessons from Library Genesis: Extreme Minimalist Scaling at Pirate Ebook Platforms". Digital Humanities Quarterly. 16 (1). ISSN 1938-4122.
  19. ^ Reading Peer Review PLOS ONE and Institutional Change in Academia. Cambridge. 2021. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-108-78352-1. OCLC 1235826991.
  20. ^ Reassembling scholarly communications : histories, infrastructures, and global politics of open access. Martin Paul Eve, Jonathan Gray. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 2020. ISBN 0-262-36372-0. OCLC 1187209018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  21. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2014). Inquiry into Open Access. Fifth report of session 2013-2014. Hansard. p. Ev20-Ev27, Ev68-Ev69.
  22. ^ "UUK Open Access Monographs Working Group". Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  23. ^ "Plan S Ambassadors". Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  24. ^ "Birkbeck To Play Leading Role In Project To Transform Open Access Academic Publishing". Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  25. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2021-12-04). "All ten of my books now are (or will be when published) open access". Martin Paul Eve. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  26. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2014). Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University.
  27. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2014). "All That Glisters: Investigating Collective Funding Mechanisms for Gold Open Access in Humanities Disciplines". Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. 2 (3): 1131. doi:10.7710/2162-3309.1131.
  28. ^ The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. "Grant: Open Library of Humanities". Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  29. ^ "Open Library of Humanities Supporters". Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  30. ^ "Open Library of Humanities Journals". Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  31. ^ Liverpool University Press. "Open Library of Humanities and Liverpool University Press to flip another subscription journal to OA".
  32. ^ University of Wales Press. "Open Library of Humanities and University of Wales Press partner to convert journal to full open access".
  33. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2016-03-28). "I have suffered from an episode of cerebral vasculitis and a stroke". Martin Paul Eve. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  34. ^ Eve, Martin Paul (2019-10-04). "Immunity problems". Martin Paul Eve. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  35. ^ "Martin Paul Eve on talking disability activism with Naomi Lawson Jacobs and Judith Butler – Birkbeck, Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing". Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  36. ^ a b "Professor Martin Paul Eve". Shaw Trust Disability Power 100. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  37. ^ "Fellows page | Our Fellows". The English Association. 2019-09-25. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  38. ^ "Philip Leverhulme Prize 2019". The Leverhulme Trust. Retrieved 21 October 2019.

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