Petra Fachinger

Professor Petra Fachinger

PhD in Comparative Literature, UBC

Contact Information

Office: Watson 526
Office Hours: Wed. 4:00–5:00 pm, Thurs. 2:30–3:30 pm
Extension: 74430

Research Interests

Canadian Literature, Indigenous literatures, literature and the environment, ecocriticism, Asian diaspora, Jewish diaspora, studies in globalization, urbanism.

Recent Publications

  • “Intersections of Diaspora and Indigeneity: The Standoff at Kahnesatake in Lee Maracle’s Sundogs and Tessa McWatt’s Out of My Skin,” Canadian Literature 220 (2014): 74–91.
  • “Narratives of Transnational Divide: The Vietnamese in Contemporary German Literature and Film,” Imagining Germany Imagining Asia: Essays in Asian-German Studies, ed. Veronika Fuechtner and Mary Rhiel (Rochester, New York: Camden House, 2013) 50–63.
  • “Rome Seen through the Eyes of a Muslim-German Latter-Day Flâneur,” Feridun Zaimoglu. Ed. Tom Cheesman and Karin E. Yesilada. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012. 201–218.
  • “Yadé Kara,” The New German-Language Novel since 1990, ed. Stuart Taberner (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011) 241–54.
  • "Fatal (In)Tolerance? The Portrayal of Radical Islamists in Recent German Literature and Film,” Seminar 47.4 (2011): 646–660.
  • “Postcolonial/Postcommunist Picaresque and the Logic of ‘trans’ in Yoko Tawada’s Das Nackte Auge,” Yoko Tawada: Poetik der Transformation, ed. Christine Ivanovic (Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 2010) 295–306
  • “Poland and Post-Memory in Second-Generation German Jewish Fiction,” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 27.4 (2009): 49–65.
  •  “India/Sri Lanka, the Holocaust, and the European Gaze in Anita Desai’s Baumgartner’s Bombay and Jeannette Lander’s Jahrhundert der Herren,” Mapping Channels between Ganges and Rhine: German-Indian Cross-Cultural Relations, ed. Joerg Esleben et al. (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2008) 120–36.
  • “The Making of a Terrorist: John Updike’s Terrorist and Christoph Peters’s Ein Zimmer im Haus des Krieges,” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 34.4 (2007): 410–22.
  • “A New Kind of Creative Energy: Yadé Kara’s Selam Berlin and Fatih Akin’s Kurz und schmerzlos and Gegen die Wand, German Life and Letters 60.2 (2007): 242–60.
  •  “Cultural/Culinary Ambivalence in Sara Chin’s ‘Below the Line,’ Evelina Galang’s ‘Filming Sausage,’ and Yoko Tawada’s ‘Das Bad,’” Modern Language Studies 35.1 (2005): 39–47. Reprinted in Reading Chinese Transnationalism: Society, Literature, Film, eds. Maria N. Ng and Philip Holden (Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 2006) 89–102. Distributed by U of Washington P and UBC Press.
  •  “German Mothers, New World Daughters: Angelika Fremd’s Heartland and Sigrid Nunez’s A Feather on the Breath of God,” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 46.3 (2005): 253–66.

Recent Conference Papers

  • “From Tohoku to Whaletown: Ruth Ozeki’s Ecocritical (Re)writing of 20th-Century BC Fiction,– NEMLA, Toronto, 1 May 2015.
  • “Where Ostriches Replace the Spotted Eagle: An Ecocritical Reading of Judith Schalansky’s Bioregional Anti-Bildungsroman,” CAUTG, Ottawa, 1 June 2015.
  • “ ‘Multidirectional Memory’ and Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary Canadian Fiction,” Local Cosmopolitanisms, U of Ottawa, 21 February 2014.
  • “Where Diaspora and Indigeneity Intersect: The ‘Oka Crisis’ in Tessa McWatt’s Out of My Skin,” CCLA conference, Victoria, 2 June 2013.
  • “The Myth of the Fall: Three Literary Responses to Don DeLillo’s Falling Man,” CCLA meeting, Waterloo, 28 May 2012.
  • “Ghosts in the City: Monika Treut’s Taipei and Silke Scheuermann’s Shanghai,” “Where Is German?” U of Toronto, 13 April 2012.
  • “Homelessness and Diaspora in Contemporary Canadian Urban Fiction,” NEMLA, Rochester, NY, 17 March 2012.
  • “Victims and Perpetrators: The Former Yugoslavia in Ohnehin and Meeresstille.” CAUTG, Fredericton, 31 May 2011.
  • “A Different Kinship: China and Korea in Transnational Adoption Narratives.” CCLA, Fredericton, 30 May 2011.
  • “Love after the Yugoslav Wars.” NEMLA, Rutgers U, New Brunswick, 8 April 2011.
  • “Returnee Fiction.” “Homeland, History, and Representation” International Symposium on Chinese American and Chinese Canadian Literature in English. The Confucius Institute at the U of Waterloo, 16-17 October 2010.
  • “Experiencing Japan through the Body.” GSA conference, Oakland, October 2010.
  • “The Ghosts of Berlin.”“ Read at the CCLA conference in Montreal, 29 May 2010.
  • "Moscow, that’s all I know, Moscow: The Elusive City in Recent German Literature.” Read at NEMLA, Montreal, 10 April 2010.
  • “Narratives of Transnational (Dis)Belonging: The Vietnamese in Contemporary German Literature and Film.”“Representing and Experiencing Transnationalism: Germanic Languages and Cultures in Global Perspective,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, 25 March 2010.
  • “Building between Cultures: Bird’s Nest: Herzog & de Meuron in China and Die chinesische Delegation.” GSA conference,Washington, DC, 11 October 2009.


PhD thesis: “Counter-Discursive Strategies in First-World Migrant Writing.” Author of Rewriting Germany from the Margins: Other German Literature of the 1980s and 1990s (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2001) and co-editor of special Seminar issue “The Image of Poland in Postwar German Literature,” 45.3 (2009). I have supervised 7 MA and 7 PhD theses on a wide range of topics. Recipient of the 2004 Chancellor’s Research Award.