Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Petra Fachinger


PhD University of British Columbia

  • Canadian literature
  • Indigenous literatures
  • Diaspora and transnationalism (with focus on Asian and Muslim diasporas)
  • Ecocriticism/environmental humanities
  • urban studies
  • gender and critical race; social justice
  • CV/Bio (PDF 162 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"


  • 613-533-6000, ext. 74430
  • office: Watson Hall, Room 526
  • office hours: Mon 4 - 5 pm, Fri 2:30 - 3:30 pm

2020-21 Courses

  • ENGL 482 001- 3/3.0 Topics in Indigenous Literatures II – Contemporary North American Indigenous Literature: Indigenous YA Literature Written in Canada
  • ENGL 872 Topics in Canadian Literature II: Environment in Contemporary Canadian and Indigenous Literature

Recent Publications

“The Use of Anishinaabemowin in Indianland, The Marrow Thieves, and Crow Winter as Resurgence.” Forthcoming in special issue of Studies in Canadian Literature on “Indigenous Literary Arts of Truth and Redress.” 

“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): 115-135.

“Recent Residential School Narratives by non-Survivor Authors and the Education for Reconciliation.” English Studies in Canada 43.4-44.1 (2019): 111-130.

“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.


  • Honourable mention 2020 F.E.L. Priestley Prize for “Recent Residential School Narratives by non-Survivor Authors and the Education for Reconciliation.”  (“this clear and ambitious article has rich implications, suggesting the need for continuing dialogue around literary responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission”)
  • 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

Rachel Fernandes, Safa Moussoud (about students); Ozlem Atar, Sebastian De Line (with Dylan Robinson), Yiyi He, Zhi Lei, Susan Olding,