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Meena Alexander
Position: Distinguished Professor, Hunter College. English.
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Hunter College
Phone: (212)817-8344
Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4 p.m.
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Nottingham University, U.K.
Research Interests: Research Interests: Poetry and poetics; Trauma, Migration and Memory; South Asian literature; Postcolonial literature (Anglophone and Francophone) ; Asian American literature; Feminism, Gender and Sexuality; Autobiography, Embodiment, Phenomenology; early English Romanticism.
Specialization: Affect Studies|Autobiography, Biography, and Life-Writing|Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory|Literature after 1945|Poetics and Aesthetic Theory|Postcolonial, Transnational, and Global Literature and Theory|Romantic Literature|Twenty-first-Century and Contemporary Literature

Selected Publications:

  • Birthplace with Buried Stones ( TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press, 2013)
  • Poetics of Dislocation (University of Michigan Press, Poets on Poetry series, 2009).
  • Quickly Changing River (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press, 2008).
  • Indian Love Poems, editor. (Everyman's Library/Knopf, 2005).
  • Raw Silk (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2004).
  • Illiterate Heart (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2002). Winner of the PEN Open Book Award.
  • Manhattan Music (San Francisco: Mercury House, 1997).
  • The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience (Boston: Southend Press, 1996).
  • Fault Lines (New York: Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 1993; Penguin India, 1994). Publishers Weekly Best Books of 1993; new expanded edition 2003.
  • Nampally Road (San Francisco: Mercury House, 1991); new edition with preface by Githa Hariharan (Hyderabad, Orient Blackswan, 2012).
  • Women in Romanticism: Mary Wollstonecraft, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley (London: Macmillan, 1989/Lanham. Md.: Barnes and Noble, 1989).
  • House of a Thousand Doors (Washington DC: Three Continents Press, 1988).
  • The Poetic Self: Towards a Phenomenology of Romanticism (New Delhi: Arnold-Heinemann, 1979; paperback 1983; Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press, 1981).

  Recent Publications:

  •  Debt, Special issue of WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly) co-edited with Rosalind Petchesky, Published, May 2014
  • 'Univocity' published in *English* (Journal of the English Association, U.K) vol 63, no 240 pp 79-84
  • `Journey to Jerusalem: A Poet Faces the Separation Wall’, India to Palestine, ed. Githa Hariharan (Delhi: Leftword Books, 2014)
  • Five poems by Marcel Proust, translated from the French in The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust (edited by Harold Augenbraum) (New York: Penguin, 2013)
  • `What Use is Poetry?’ (Address to the Yale Political Union, April 23rd 2013) published in World Literature Today September/ October 2013
  • `Landscape and Poetry: The Vanishing Self.' Summerhill: The Review of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Vol. XVIII, No. 2 (Winter 2012)
  • Poems in The New Yorker, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review (2011, 2012)
  • Shimla: A Poem Cycle (Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 2012)
  • Impossible Grace: Jerusalem Poems (Center for Jerusalem Studies, Al-Quds University, 2012)
  • 'Remembering Ramu’ in Ramchandra Gandhi: The Man and his Philosophy ed. Raghurama Raju (Routledge, 2012)
  • 'Poetics of Dislocation: Trauma, Language and Memory’ in The Splintered Glass: Facets of Trauma in the Postcolony and Beyond eds Dolores Herrera and Sonia Baelo-Allue (Rodopi, 2011)

  Forthcoming Publication: