Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Petra Fachinger


PhD UBC, CV/Bio (PDF 127KB)

613-533-6000, ext. 74430

Office: Watson Hall, Room 526


2018-19 Courses

  • ENGL 290 003/3.0 Seminar in Literary Interpretation – Reading Chinese Canadian Fiction
  • ENGL 389 001/6.0 Context North America: Contemporary North American Indigenous Literatures
  • ENGL 466 001-8/3.0 Topics in Modern/Contemporary Canadian Literature I – Racism, Islamophobia, and Violence against Indigenous People in YA Novels Written in Canada


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

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

“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.” Forthcoming in Studies in Canadian Literature

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

“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