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Patrizia ZANELLA

Dr Patrizia ZANELLA

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Research Interest / Recherches

I completed my BA in History and my MA in English at the University of Fribourg. There, I also defended my doctoral thesis on the border-crossing fiction of Louise Erdrich, James Welch, Thomas King, and Tomson Highway. I have spent various research and exchange semesters abroad, notably at Thompson Rivers University, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Simon Fraser University. My main research interests include Indigenous literatures, specifically place-based ways of knowing, kinship, and Indigenous language revitalization.


Journal Articles

“The Controversy Around Joseph Boyden’s Identity: A Missed Opportunity at Reconciliation.” Vienna Working Papers in Canadian Studies, vol. 2, edited by Marc Chalier, Claudia Grill, Alexandra Hauke, and Jessica Janssen, 2019, pp. 61-84.

Book Chapters

“‘not quite human, not quite wolf, but something in between’: Liminal Spaces in Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach.” In-Between: Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture, edited by Stefan L. Brandt. Canadiana Series. New York et al.: Peter Lang, 2017. 101-112.

Book Reviews

Book review of Logan McCallum, Mary Jane. Indigenous Women, Work, and History: 1940-1980. Winnipeg: U of Manitoba P, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-88755-738-5. 320 pp. SAIL (Studies in American Indian Literatures), vol. 29, no. 4, Winter 2017, pp. 112-116.


Selected Conference Papers

¨     “‘communal joy’ and Kinship between Indigenous and Black Cowboys in Richard Wagamese’s Dream Wheels.” NALS (Native American Literature Symposium), Prior Lake, MN, 7-9 March 2019.

¨     “Crossing the Medicine Line: Kinship Connections Across Nation State Borders.” International PhD Workshop: Current Research in American Studies,Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany, 05 December 2018.

¨     “‘We had family here, blood and otherwise’: Survivance through Kinship, Story, Dreams, and Language in Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves.” NALS, Prior Lake, MN, 22-24 March 2018.

¨     “Crossing the US-Canadian Border in the Fiction of Louise Erdrich and James Welch.” WLA (Western Literature Association), Minneapolis, MN, 25-28 October 2017.

¨     “From the Lakes to the Prairies: Ethics of Belonging in Louise Erdrich’s Birchbark House Series.” ILSA (Indigenous Literary Studies Association),Chilliwack, BC, 18-20 June 2017.

¨     “Transnational Advocacy, Violence Against Indigenous Women, and the Role of Writers.” NALS, Prior Lake, MN, 2-4 March 2017.

Research Awards & Scholarships

¨     Doc.CH scholarship, Swiss National Science Foundation, 1 September 2016 to 31 September 2019. Awarded to fund doctoral project at the English department of the University of Fribourg under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Austenfeld and the co-supervision of Prof. Birgit Däwes (Europa-Universität Flensburg).

¨     Mobility grant, Swiss National Science Foundation, September 2017 to December 2017. Awarded to fund a four-month research stay at the First Nations Studies Department at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Prof. Deanna Reder.

¨     Mobility grant, Swiss National Science Foundation, August 2016 to April 2017. Awarded to fund an eight-month research stay at the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Minnesota-Duluth under the supervision of Prof. Jill Doerfler.

¨     Fonds d’action facultaire, Faculté des lettres de l’Université de Fribourg, May 2016. Awarded to present paper at the ALA (American Literature Association) in San Francisco.


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