Department of English

DEPARTMENT OF

English Language and Literature

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Petra Fachinger

Professor

PhD University of British Columbia

  • Canadian literature
  • Diaspora and transnationalism (with focus on Asian and Muslim diasporas)
  • Indigenous literatures
  • ecocriticism
  • urban studies
  • gender and critical race; social justice
  • CV/Bio (PDF 139 KB)

"As a literary comparatist with an interest in contemporary literatures I have been working across several national contexts, languages, and disciplines. Most of my research has been social justice driven with a focus on diaspora, war and genocide, racism and Islamophobia, and environmental crises. I am particularly interested in probing intersections and relations between these issues. My most recent publications focus on such topics as the Japanese Canadian internment, Residential School narratives, colonial violence in Sixties Scoop novels, the healing power of Métis storytelling, and intersections of diaspora and Indigeneity. Apart from being a binge reader, I have always been an avid language learner. Languages that I have studied include Latin, Spanish, Mandarin, and Anishinaabemowin."  Favourite quote: "A great longing is upon us, to live again in a world made of gifts. I can scent it coming, like the fragrance of ripening strawberries rising on the breeze" – Robin Wall Kimmerer, "The Gift of Strawberries"


Contact

  • 613-533-6000, ext. 74430
  • petra.fachinger@queensu.ca
  • office: Watson Hall, Room 526
  • office hours: Mon 4 - 5 pm, Thu 2:30 - 3:30 pm

2019-20 Courses

  • ENGL 380 001/6.0 Literature & Culture in Canada: Racism, Islamophobia, and Violence against Indigenous People in Contemporary YA Novels
  • ENGL 482 001-3/3.0 Topics in Indigenous Literatures II – Contemporary North American Indigenous Literature: From Slash to the Marrow Thieves: Indigenous YA Literature Written in Canada
  • ENGL 872 Topics in Canadian Literature: Reconfigurations of Vancouver’s Urban Imaginary

Recent Publications

“Colonial Violence in Sixties Scoop Narratives: From In Search of April Raintree to A Matter of Conscience,” Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL) 31.1-2. (2019).

“Recent Residential School Narratives by non-Survivor Authors and the Education for Reconciliation.” English Studies in Canada 43.4-44.1. (2019).

“Repositioning the Narrative of the Japanese Canadian Internment through Multidirectional Memory.” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal. 52.3 (2019): 175-92.

“Writing ‘Home’: The Healing Power of Métis Storytelling in Cherie Dimaline’s Red Rooms and The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy.” Studies in Canadian Literature 43.1 (2018): 146-67.

“Healing Relationships with the Natural Environment by Reclaiming Indigenous Space in Aaron Paquette’s Lightfinder.” Children’s Literature and Imaginative Geography. Ed. Aïda Hudson. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2018: 99-116

“Writing the Canadian Pacific Northwest Ecocritically: The Dynamics of Local and Global in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being.”  Canadian Literature 232 (2017): 47-63


Awards

  • 4th Year’s Choice Teaching Award 2018/2019 
  • Principal’s Teaching and Learning Award: Promoting Student Inquiry 2019 
  • Queen’s Chancellor’s Research Award 2004

Current Supervisions

Jordana Mendicino, Safa Moussoud (about students)