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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 Associate 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 Poetics and Literary Theory. 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 in 2015. And the chapter, "The Politics of Home and Trauma in Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory," came out 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," published in Gender Forum (2016), and "A Consciousness of Streets: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Partition" came out in Synthesis (Fall 2016). Maureen’s second monograph, The Poetry of Medbh McGuckian: Iterations of Silence, is in contract with Palgrave Macmillan and will appear in 2018. She is working on two additional books: 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; she is in discussions with a ranking scholarly publisher regarding both manuscripts. Maureen sits on the Executive Committee of the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) serving 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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