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Maria Helena Lima

Professor of English
Welles 225A
Portrait of Maria Lima

Maria Helena Lima received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.  She was hired by Geneseo to teach courses on postcolonial literatures, Humanities, writing, and genre theory in 1992.  Her research and teaching focus on Black Atlantic Writing. In the spring of 2015, Lima created and taught the first course on "Black Lives Matter" at Geneseo.

Some of her publications include “The Politics of Teaching Black and British” in Black British Writing (Palgrave), “A Written Song: Andrea Levy’s Neo-Slave Narrative” in Entertext, and “The Choice of Opera for a Revisionist History: Joan Anim-Addo’s Imoinda as a Neo-Slave Narrative,” in Transcultural Roots Uprising.  With Miriam Alves, she translated and co-edited a bilingual anthology of fiction by Afro-Brazilian women, Women Righting/Mulheres Escrevendo. Lima is currently co-editing (with Joan Anim-Addo) a special issue of Callaloo on contemporary neo-slave narratives.

Lima is the director of the Comparative Literature program at Geneseo. 

Her research interests include black British literature and culture, the Caribbean, African diaspora, post-colonial theory, women's studies, and feminist theory.

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

  • M.Ed., Towson State University

  • B.A., Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul


  • ENGL 360: M/Post Col Lit:Black Brit Wrtg

    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 twice for credit under different subtitles.) Prerequisites: ENGL 203. Offered spring, even years

  • INTD 105: WS: The 1619 Project

    Writing Seminar is a course focusing on a specific topic while emphasizing writing practice and instruction, potentially taught by any member of the College faculty. Because this is primarily a course in writing, reading assignments will be briefer than in traditional topic courses, and students will prove their understanding of the subject matter through writing compositions rather than taking examinations.