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Petra Fachinger


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. 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.

Research Interests
  • Canadian literature
  • Indigenous literatures
  • Indigenous-settler relations in Canada
  • diaspora and transnationalism
  • ecocriticism, climate crisis literature, and environmental justice
  • gender and critical race
  • Holocaust studies
Selected Publications

Reading (Re)conciliation in White Settler and Chinese Canadian Narratives: From Liberal towards Transformative Approaches.” Journal of Canadian Studies 

“Anishinaabemowin in Indianland, The Marrow Thieves, and Crow Winter as a Key to Cultural and Political Resurgence.” Forthcoming in special issue of Studies in Canadian Literature 

“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. 

Awards and Recognition
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
Graduate Supervision

I supervise MA and PhD students on a wide range of topics related to my research interests.

Additional Information

Other Publications:

Rewriting Germany from the Margins: “Other” German Literature of the 1980s and 1990s (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2001); translated from English into German: Die Lebenden Gedanken des Propheten Muhammad. Berlin 1989 and Handbuch des Hadit. Columbus 1991; “Poland and Postmemory in Second-Generation German Jewish Fiction.” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 27.4 (Summer 2009):49-65; “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; “Narratives of Transnational Divide: The Vietnamese in Contemporary German Literature and Film.” Imagining Germany Imagining Asia: Essays in Asian-German Studies. Ed. Veronika Fuechtner. 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 2012. 201– 218; “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 Rhein: German-Indian Cross-Cultural Relations. Ed. Joerg Esleben et al. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. 120-136. “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.’” Reading Chinese Transnationalism: Society, Literature, Film. Eds. Maria N. Ng and Philip Holden. Hong Kong UP, 2006. 89-102.

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