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Maureen E. Fadem
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Maureen Fadem


Maureen Fadem completed a Ph.D. in English Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY (2012). She is Assistant Professor of English at Kingsborough, and has also taught at Hunter College, Eugene Lang College, Baruch College, and SUNY Old Westbury. 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 of study include Postcolonial and Irish Studies, Literary Theory and Poetics, Partition and Gender Studies. She has presented at numerous conferences, and her articles, book reviews and interviews appear in various journals. In 2016, Maureen will present new work on two panels at the annual general meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, and she will offer remarks on a Friday Forum she co-organized for the Ph.D. Program in English, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Maureen's first book The Literature of Northern Ireland: Spectral Borderlands was published by Palgrave Macmillan (2015), and the chapter “The Politics of Home and Trauma in Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory” was included in the scholarly anthology Home: Concepts, Constructions and Contexts (WVT, 2015). Forthcoming publications include “A Consciousness of Streets: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Partition,” in press with peer-reviewed journal Synthesis (2016), and, “Queering the Border, Crossing the Nation: Neil Jordan’s Irish Films," in peer-review with a top Irish Studies journal. Maureen is working on two additional books—one on modes of realism in narratives of partition and a monograph on poet Medbh McGuckian—and she is writing a new journal article on object poetics in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.


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

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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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