Maureen Fadem

Full Time Faculty



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Maureen Fadem

Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem completed a Ph.D. in English Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is Associate Professor of English at The City University of New York / Kingsborough and has taught at Drew University, The Graduate Center, Hunter College and Eugene Lang College. Maureen’s research is on Anglophone writing of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries with specializations in Irish, Asian and African American literatures. Her fields of study include Postcolonial and Irish Studies, Partition Studies and Literary Poetics, Gender Studies and Literary Theory. Maureen’s first book The Literature of Northern Ireland: Spectral Borderlands appeared in 2015 (Palgrave Macmillan). A second monograph Silence and Articulacy in the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian is in press with Lexington Books / Rowman (2019). Her third book, Objects and Intertexts in Toni Morrison’s Beloved: The Case for Reparations is also in contract and due out in 2020 from Routledge, Inc. And, a collection she’s editing, The Economics of Empire: Genealogies of Capital and the Colonial Encounter is in review currently, also with Routledge. Recent articles include “A Consciousness of Streets: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Partition” in Synthesis (2016) and “Drawing the Border, Queering the Nation: Nation Trouble in Breakfast on Pluto and The Crying Game” in Gender Forum (2016). A forthcoming chapter “Impassable Partitions | Chthonic Integration: Cultivating Race-Class Solidarity through (Pedagogical) Modalities of Quiet Revolt” is to be included in Strategies and Perspectives on Social Justice Work (ed. Neal Lester, MLA 2019). Maureen is commencing research for a theoretical study of national partition and a three-volume study of modes of realism in comparative literatures of partition. She is the recent recipient of CUNY’s William Kelly Research Fellowship (2019 – 20) and a CUNY Book Completion Award (2019 – 20). Maureen sits on the Executive Committee of the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) as Mid-Atlantic regional convener. She lives in Brooklyn.


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

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.

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.

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.