Office Hours: TR 10:00-11:00          

and by appointment:

Lima@ or #5242-- Welles 225A

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  • Black British Literature and Culture
  • The Caribbean
  • African Diaspora
  • Post-Colonial Theory
  • Women's Studies
  • Feminist Theory

Maria H. Lima

Professor of English &

Comparative Literature

Welles 225A
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Maria Helena Lima

Maria  H. Lima has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1992.

Faculty Information


  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.Ed., Towson State University
  • B.A., Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
My Classes

ENGL 360:
M/Post-Colonial Lit:

    A study of works that have emerged out of different experiences of (de)colonization and asserted themselves by foregrounding their difference from the assumptions of an imperial center. The course will cover a variety of genres, and the works will be read in their cultural, social, and historical contexts. (May be taken for credit twice under different subtitles.) Prerequisites: ENGL 203. Offered spring, even years

INTD 105:
The Haitian Diaspora

    As the first nation in the Americas to both abolish slavery and declare its independence from a European power, Haiti has been paying the price for such audacity since. Both history and natural disasters would have been enough to stifle the creativity of a people, but Haitians have continued to create at home and across the diaspora, despite the horrors that have driven many away from their homeland. Some of these tragedies (the cholera epidemic, for example) have been man-made and could have been avoided. Many Haitian writers across the diaspora have resorted to the noir genre to represent such realities –we will try to understand some of their choices. This course is a writing seminar designed to give you many opportunities to practice your critical thinking, argumentative and writing skills. We will read each other's writing, collaborate on presentations, and revise our work to almost perfection. With this class, I hope, we'll see writing as both work and play, understanding that if language creates reality, whose language prevails makes all the difference in the world. Yes, we are talking about power--about writing to persuade more often than not. The first argument you will be making is about yourself, in the shape of an autobiographical essay—more on this later 

Engl 358:
Major Authors:

    Comprehensive studies of the works of from one to three authors. (May be taken for credit twice under different subtitles.)