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Faculty Book: Meena Alexander

Meena Alexander

Fault Lines: A Memoir (Tenth-Anniversary Edition)
(The Feminist Press, 2003; 317 pp.)

Revised and expanded in this new edition, Meena Alexander's memoir, Fault Lines—named among the best books of 1993 by Publishers Weekly—traces one woman's evolution as a post-colonial writer, at home—and in exile—in four continents. Acclaimed poet and scholar Alexander excavates her memory and imagination, revealing her difficult recovery from a long-buried childhood trauma, with fierce lyricism and devastating honesty. In "Book of Childhood," a substantial new coda, she argues for the necessity of writing amid violence and fear, and wrestles with her responsibilities as a South Asian American woman poet in a post-9/11 world. "Alexander's writing is imbued with a poetic grace shot through with an inner violence, like a shimmering piece of two-toned silk."—Ms. She is distinguished professor of English and women's studies at Hunter College and The Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: MAR 1, 2003

Category: English | Faculty Books