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Meena Alexander
Position: Distinguished Professor, Hunter College. English.
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Hunter College
Phone: (212) 817-8344
Room Number: 4404
Office Hours: Mondays 2:00-3:00
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Nottingham University, U.K.
Research Interests: Poetry and Poetics; Autobiography; Trauma, Migration and Memory; South Asian literature; Postcolonial literature (Anglophone and Francophone) ; Asian American literature; Feminism, Gender and Sexuality; Phenomenology and Literature.
Specialization: Affect Studies|Autobiography, Biography, and Life-Writing|Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory|Poetics and Aesthetic Theory|Postcolonial, Transnational, and Global Literature and Theory|Romantic Literature|Twenty-first-Century and Contemporary Literature
As a practicing poet, and scholar, I have a special interest in postcolonial writings and contemporary poetry and poetics. These areas are tied in with my ongoing reflections on autobiographical writing, feminism, Indian Ocean cosmopolitanisms, transnational migration, trauma, memory and identity.

Listen to Meena Alexander on episode 8 of the Thought Project, a podcast by the Graduate Center. Her poem "Kochi by the Sea" appears in the February 12 and 19 edition of The New Yorker (2018). You can read and listen to the poem on The New Yorker website.

Meena appeared on The New Yorker's Poetry Podcast to discuss Gerald Stern's poem "Adonis" and her own poem "Koci by the Sea" on February 21, 2018. Listen here.

Selected Publications:
  • Atmospheric Embroidery (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press, 2018)
  • Name me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect on Writing (Yale University Press, 2018)
  • Poems for Sarra/ Poesie per Sara, Meena Alexander, Rita Dove, Esther Schor ( Damocle Edizioni Venezia, 2018) English/ Italian parallel text.
  • 'Phenomenology of Passage' PMLA (special issue on `Literature in the World’) Fall 2016
  • DebtSpecial issue of WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly) co-edited with Rosalind Petchesky, Published, May 2014
  • 'What Use is Poetry?' (Address to the Yale Political Union, April 23, 2013) published in World Literature Today, September/October 2013
  • 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 with preface by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, 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).