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Rachel Fernandes


Rachel Fernandes is a PhD Candidate studying contemporary Canadian literature, whose dissertation focuses on the mixed race identity in poetry, memoir, and the novel. Her secondary areas of interest include food studies, African American literature, and the digital humanities. She is currently a Research Assistant to Dr. Kristin Moriah, and assists with research for the Black Women Organizer's Archive at the Centre for Black Digital Studies at Pennsylvania State University.

Rachel will be a Teaching Fellow at Queen's in the Fall of 2022, teaching ENGL284, "Marginalized Voices in CanLit: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality".

Research Interests

Critical Mixed Race Studies, Contemporary Literature, Canadian Literature, North American Literature, Critical Race Theory.

Selected Publications

Book Chapter 

[Forthcoming]“Appetites and Identity: Mixed Race Identity Construction Through Food and Sex in Carmit Delman’s ‘Footnote’”. Food in American Literature, edited by Jeff Birkenstein and Robert Hauhart.

Recent Book Reviews

[Forthcoming]“The Pull of the North” A Review of Tainna by Norma Dunning and White Resin by Audrée Wilhelmy. Canadian Literature, vol. 248, 2022. 

[Forthcoming]“Flight and Flow”: A Review of Northern Light by Kazim Ali and Flight from Grace by Richard Pope, Canadian Literature vol. 247, 2022. 

“All the Feels”: A Review of Feeling it All, Edited by Marie Carrière, Ursula Mathis-Moser, and Kit Dobson, Canadian Literature vol. 245, October 2021.

Awards and Recognition
James W.S. Jamieson Award for Graduate Studies in Canadian Literature 2020, 2021,2022
Ontario Graduate Scholarship Queen's Unversity 2020, 2021
E.G. Bauman Fellowship 2019
Alfred Bader Fellowship in the Humanities 2018
Queen's Graduate Scholarship 2018
Graduate Supervision

My dissertation explores representations of Asian mixed race identity in memoir, poetry, and the novel.

Department of English, Queen's University

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Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153



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