Maureen Fadem

Full Time Faculty



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Office Location: C-219, C Cluster

Maureen Fadem

Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem completed her Ph.D. in English at The Graduate Center of CUNY in 2012. She is Associate Professor of English (literary studies) at CUNY Kingsborough and Affiliate Professor of Arts and Letters at Drew University. Maureen’s research is on Anglophone writing of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries; she specializes in Irish, Asian, and African American literatures. Her research fields include Irish studies, Partition and Border studies, and Postcolonial Studies; within those areas she frequently looks at questions of reparations, of literary poetics, and of race, gender, and class. Maureen’s first book, The Literature of Northern Ireland: Spectral Borderlands appeared from Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. In 2019, a second book-length study titled Silence and Articulacy in the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian was brought out by Rowman & Littlefield. Maureen has two books, both from Routledge, Inc., being published in 2020: a third monograph, Objects and Intertexts in Toni Morrison’s Beloved: The Case for Reparations, in September and the edited collection, in which she has two chapters, The Economics of Empire: Genealogies of Capital and the Colonial Encounter at the end of the year. Her recent articles include “A Consciousness of Streets: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Partition” (Synthesis, 2016) and “Drawing the Border, Queering the Nation: Nation Trouble in Breakfast on Pluto and The Crying Game” (Gender Forum, 2016). The article “A Poetics of the Fragment: Medbh McGuckian’s Diaries” is to appear in a special issue of Review of Irish Studies in Europe (RISE) 4.1 in Fall 2020. Maureen is working on a grant proposal—“Impassable Partitions | Chthonic Reunification: Cultivating Race-Class Solidarity through (Pedagogical) Modalities of Quiet Revolt”—to fund an intensive summer program for community college students engaging them in a three-part curriculum: agriculture and culinary arts, fine arts, and critical reading, thinking, and writing. She is commencing new research this year for a three-volume study of modes of realism in contemporary literatures of partition and a second edited collection, Imperial Debt, Postcolonial Reparations.


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.