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Maureen E. Fadem
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English Department

Maureen Fadem

Biography
Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem completed a Ph.D. in English Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center (2012). She is Associate Professor of English at The City University of New York / Kingsborough and has taught at the CUNY Graduate Center, Hunter College, Eugene Lang College and Baruch College. Maureen's research centers on Anglophone writing of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with specializations in Irish and African American literatures. Her fields include Postcolonial and Irish Studies, Partition and Gender Studies, Literary Poetics and Literary Theory. Maureen's first book The Literature of Northern Ireland: Spectral Borderlands was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. Her chapter "The Politics of Home and Trauma in Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory" appeared that same year in the collection Home: Concepts, Constructions and Contexts (WVT). Recent articles include "Drawing the Border, Queering the Nation: Nation Trouble in Breakfast on Pluto and The Crying Game" (Gender Forum Vol. 59, 2016) and "A Consciousness of Streets: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Partition" (Synthesis, Fall 2016). Maureen's second monograph Medbh McGuckian: Iterations of Silence and the Borders of Articulacy is in contract with Palgrave Macmillan and will appear in 2018. She is in discussions with a ranking scholarly publisher regarding two additional manuscripts: A Case for Reparations: Object Lessons in Beloved, a Novel, and a co-edited collection tentatively titled The Economics of Empire: Genealogies of Capital and the Colonial Encounter. Maureen sits on the Executive Committee of the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) serving as Mid-Atlantic regional convener. She lives in Brooklyn.

Courses

Maureen is a member of the Honors faculty and often teaches Writing Intensive and Civic Engagement designated courses. She most often teaches college composition: English 24 and 93, most recently, and English 12 numerous times in past years. Professor Fadem also teaches various literature courses, including English 30, Introduction to Literature; English 32, World Literature; English 40, The Short Story; and English 77, The Roots of Black Literature. Starting in Spring 2015, Maureen will begin teaching courses in the Early College Program at Leon M. Goldstein High School.

 


Education

2012: PhD in English Literature, The Graduate Center, CUNY – PhD Program in English


College Teaching

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

The Literature of Northern Ireland: Spectral Borderlands. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 

“Provincializing the Nation-State: The Meaning of Partition.” In Synthesis, Special issue on “Living through the Interregnum." Volume 8, Fall 2014. 

“Self-Contradiction in a Small Place: Anne Devlin’s ‘Other at the Edge of Life.’” Affecting Irishness: Negotiating Cultural Identity Within and Beyond the Nation. Eds. James P. Byrne, Padraig Kirwan and Michael O’Sullivan. New York: Peter Lang, 2009. 291 - 312.

Review Article: “’Poetry is Not a Luxury’: Meena Alexander’s Raw Silk.” Semicerchio, XXXII – XXXIII (September 2005): 129 – 131.

“’bringing me into the world’: Brossard’s Lovhers and the Domain of Linguistic Survival.” How2, 2.3 (April 2005).

“The Interval.” Word. On Being a [Woman] Writer. Ed. Jocelyn Burrell. New York: The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2004: 180 – 201.

Review: Yann Martel, Life of Pi. South Asian Review, 24 (December 2003): 231 – 233.

Review Article: “Illiterate Heart: The Movement Toward Self Definition.” JOUVERT: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Special Issue: Colonial Posts, 7.2 (Spring 2003).

"Sparrows and Hawks: Class, Gender and the Politics of Decolonization in Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India.” South Asian Review, 23.2 (2002): 12 – 13.

“Translation, An Art of Negativity: A Conversation with Meena Alexander.” Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, 45.2 (Spring/Summer 2002): 102 – 110.

Events and/or Key Dates


Research Interests

Maureen's research is on Postcolonial Literature (especially that of Ireland, South Asia, Israel and Palestine), Partition Studies, Gender & Women's Studies, and Literary Theory.


Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants

 


Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies
  • Current Memberships: the Modern Language Association (MLA); the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS).
  • Executive Committee Member for 1-year term, South Asian Literary Association, 2000 – 2001.

Personal Interests

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