Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Petra Fachinger


PhD UBC, CV/Bio (PDF 139 KB)

613-533-6000, ext. 74430

Office: Watson Hall, Room 526
Office Hours: Mon. 2:30 - 3:30 pm and Tue. 4 - 5 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


  • Queen's Chancellor's Research Award (2004)

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

“Repositioning the Narrative of the Japanese Canadian Internment through Multidirectional Memory.” Forthcoming in Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal

“Recent Residential School Narratives by non-Survivor Authors and the Education for Reconciliation.” Forthcoming in English Studies in Canada

“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

“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.