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Dr Zalfa Feghali

Lecturer in American Literature

Department: Arts, School of

Email: zf31@leicester.ac.uk

Profile

I am a specialist in US and Canadian literature and culture with expertise in border studies, citizenship studies, and vulnerability studies. I joined the School of Arts and Centre for American Studies in January 2016.

I am co-Associate Editor (with Dr Ben Offiler, Sheffield Hallam University) of the Journal of American Studies until December 2022.

I am currently on research leave for my AHRC project "Vulnerability: A Research Method for Literary and Cultural Studies."

Research

I am engaged in a number of interdisciplinary research projects in studies of borders, gender, and vulnerability:

  • I am convenor of the British Academy-funded Vulnerability Studies Network.
  • I am a AHRC Research, Development, and Engagement Fellow and PI on a project titled "Vulnerability: A Research Method for Literary and Cultural Studies", which runs from January 2022 for two years. Among other activities, this project will support me as I write my second monograph, provisionally titled Alone, Missing, Murdered: Reading for Vulnerability Across North American Borders, examining US, Canadian, and Mexican cultural responses to intersecting and ongoing hemispheric, cross-border crises of raced and gendered vulnerability.
  • I am co-editor (with my colleague Dr Deborah Toner, Leicester) of The Routledge Companion to Gender and Borderlands (under contract, 2023), bringing together essays in history, literature, cultural studies, international politics, geography, media studies, development studies, sociology, and visual arts.

Publications

Publications

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Monographs

Feghali, Z. Alone, Missing, Murdered: Reading for Vulnerability Across North American Borders (in progress, planned publication 2025)

Feghali, Z. 2019. Crossing Borders and Queering Citizenship: Civic Reading Practice in Contemporary American and Canadian Writing. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Essays

Ashby, D., Banerjea, N., Baker, P., Borisa D., Browne K., Di Feliciantonio, C., Feghali, Z., Kerrigan, D., McAuliffe, M., Neary, A., Rosenberg, R., Brown, G. 2022. ‘Sexual and intimate citizenship in a Time of Pandemic.’ Leicester Institute for Advanced Study Working Papers Series 7. https://journals.le.ac.uk/ojs1/index.php/lias/article/view/4079/3486

Ashby, D., Banerjea, N., Baker, P., Borisa D., Browne K., Di Feliciantonio, C., Feghali, Z., Kerrigan, D., McAuliffe, M., Neary, A., Rosenberg, R., Brown, G. 2022. ‘The Epistemologies of “Lockdown”: closets, vulnerability, and citizenship.’ Leicester Institute for Advanced Study Working Papers Series 7. https://journals.le.ac.uk/ojs1/index.php/lias/article/view/4078/3485

Feghali, Z. 2018. ‘“We have to get along with others”: Cosmopolitanism and Cross-Border Literary History.’ In Roberts, Gillian, ed. Reading between the Borderlines: Cultural Production and Consumption across the 49th Parallel. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. 290-310.

Feghali, Z. 2013. ‘Conversations that never happened: Gloria Anzaldúa, Maria Campbell, and Howard Adams.’ In Roberts, Gillian and David F. Stirrup, eds. Parallel Encounters: Culture at the Canada-US Border. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 335-55. 

Feghali, Z. 2013. ‘Hemispheric Studies and Indigenous Peoples: Considering a New Approach.’ In Conway, Kyle and Timothy Pasch, eds. Beyond the Border: Tensions Across the 49th Parallel. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. 153-169. 

Feghali, Z. 2011. Thinking Through the New Mestiza.’ Journal of International Women's Studies. 12:2. 61-74. 

Edited Collections

Feghali, Z and Toner, D. Routledge Companion to Gender and Borderlands. London: Routledge, 2023. (contracted, in progress)

As well as my a monograph and co-edited collection in progress, I am revising essays on Indigenous podcasting in North America, on "children's crisis texts" (by or about unaccompanied and separated children at or near the US-Mexico border), and have a series of publications planned in relation to my work on vulnerability.

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Supervision

I have supervised interdisciplinary doctoral projects on Australian drama, Caribbean women's writing, and contemporary women's writing and psychopathy. .

I am currently supervising projects on ecocriticism and climate fiction (English) and spatial organisation in protest camps (Geography).

I would be interested in supervising PhD projects on the following broad topics:
- Contemporary North American literature and culture
Border studies and cross-border literature and culture (for example USA, Canada, Mexico)
Literary and cultural representations of borders, citizenship, and belonging in the North American context
- Vulnerability studies and/or narratives of risk and resilience.

Teaching

I contribute to all years of the English degree, including, at Year 1, EN1070 Writing Matters, EN1002 Classic US Texts, and EN1005 Modern American Writing; at Year 2, EN2013 Ethnicity and Diversity in American Literature and EN2011 American Literary Figures; at Year 3, EN3010 Dissertation, and EN3021 Literatures of Protest. 
I also contribute to the MA Modern and Contemporary Literature, offering sessions on EN7001 Research Methods, EN7031/7032 Modern Literature and Theory 1/2, EN7252 Twenty-First Century Fiction, and supervising MA dissertations.

Press and media

I am happy to be contacted in relation to

  • contemporary US/Canadian literature and culture
  • vulnerability
  • US-Mexico border
  • unaccompanied children
  • femicide
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