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Maureen E. Fadem
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Maureen Fadem

Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem completed a Ph.D. in English Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY (2012). She is Assistant Professor of English at The City University of New York / Kingsborough, and has taught at Hunter College, Eugene Lang College, Baruch College, and SUNY. Maureen's research centers on Anglophone writing of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with specializations in Irish, South Asian and African-American literatures; her fields include Postcolonial and Irish Studies, Partition and Gender Studies, Literary Theory and Poetics. In 2017, Maureen will present "Ireland Translated: A border | An Opening" at the Mid-Atlantic regional meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies. Her first book, The Literature of Northern Ireland: Spectral Borderlands, was published by Palgrave Macmillan (2015). A scholarly book chapter, "The Politics of Home and Trauma in Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory," was included in Home: Concepts, Constructions and Contexts (WVT, 2015). "Drawing the Border, Queering the Nation: Nation Trouble in Breakfast on Pluto and The Crying Game" was published in Volume 59 of Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies (2016). And, "A Consciousness of Streets: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Partition" was published in Synthesis: An Anglophone Journal of Comparative Literary Studies (2016), a special issue on Living through the Interregnum. "Three Tragedies and a Critique of the American Slave State: Object Lessons in Toni Morrison's Beloved" will be a chapter in the forthcoming scholarly anthology, Reckonings: Essays on American Revenge Narratives (2017). Maureen's second monograph, The Poetry of Medbh McGuckian: Iterations of Silence, is currently in peer review with Palgrave Macmillan. She sits on the Executive Committee of the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) as Mid-Atlantic regional convener.


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.



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.

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