Background and activities


I am currently Associate Professor of Literature in English in the Department of Teacher Education (ILU), working at the intersection of contemporary Canadian literature, feminist and queer philosophy, trans literature and visual art, and affect studies. I am also Research Affiliate for the Canadian Literature Centre (CLC) at the University of Alberta (Canada) and Scholar in The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. I write the Canada chapter (journals) for The Year's Work in English Studies (Oxford UP) and I serve on the Editorial Board of The Raymond Carver ReviewI am also Executive Member in the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Alumni Network

My current research project, TransLit: Sustainable Ethics, Affects, and Pedagogies (2018-21) has been funded by the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences and the Departmenf ot Teacher Education (NTNU). I am also a researcher in the EU H2020 funded project Inclusive Science and European Democracies (ISEED) (2021-24), led by Eleonora Montuschi (Ca'Foscari, Venice), and in the international project Cinema and Environment: Affective Ecologies in the Anthropocene (2020-2023), led by Katarzyna Paszkiewicz (ADHUC-University of the Balearic Islands), and funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

I hold a PhD in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta (Canada) and an MA in Textual and Cultural Studies from the University of Zaragoza (Spain). My doctoral work was awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal in 2013. I have worked as Lecturer in English at the University of Innsbruck, Austria (2013-14) and as Postdoctoral Fellow in Globalization and Cultural Studies at the University of Manitoba, Canada (2015). Prior to joining NTNU in 2017, I taught critical theory and gender studies at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (UK).

Media and Public Outreach

Innsbruck Gender Lecture, "Paradoxical Worldings: Reflections on Feminist and Trans Cultures Today", Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria, October 20, 2020. AVAILABLE HERE

Co-edition of The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Alumni Newsletter (Vol. 1, May 2020, Vol. 2, Oct. 2020, and Vol. 3, Nov. 2021). (with Sophie Thériault)

Spaces of Affect and Change: Reflections from the Editors. The PETF Alumni Newsletter (Nov. 2021). (with Sophie Thériault) 

Making Collective Worlds in an Age of Turbulence: Reflections from the Editors. The PETF Alumni Newsletter (Oct. 2020). (with Sophie Thériault)

Relationality and Ethics in Troubled Times: Reflections from the Editors. The PETF Alumni Newsletter (May 2020). (with Sophie Thériault)


Spring 2022

NTNU: MGLU5207: Master's Thesis in English (Coordinator MA in English 5-10); LVUT8084 English 1 (5-10) module 2 (Convener)


NTNU: LVUT8083 English 1 (5-10) module 1 (Convener); MGLU4506 Literature from the English-speaking World in the Classroom (5-10): Theoretical and Didactical Perspectives; LVUT8084 English 1 (5-10) module 2 (Convener)

University of Cambridge (Magdalene College, online): Introduction to Feminist Critical Theory & Praxis 


EDU3123 Philosophy of Science, Methodology and Analysis; MGLU2505 English 1 (5-10) Year 2; LVUT8083 English 1 (5-10) Year 1 (Convener)



Hétu, D, Fayant, A., Carrière, M., and García Zarranz, L. (Eds.). Living and Learning with Feminist Ethics and Poetics Today. University of Alberta Press. Forthcoming. 

García Zarranz, L. (2017). TransCanadian Feminist Fictions: New Cross-Border Ethics. McGill-Queen’s University Press. Reviewed in Ariel: A Review of International English LiteratureLSE Review of BooksCanadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and ReviewESC: English Studies in Canada, and Contemporary Women’s Writing.

Co-Edited Special Issues

Affect and Feminist Literary and Cultural ProductionAtlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice 38.2 (March 2018). (With Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand)

Alliances/Transgressions/Betrayals: Women’s Writing in Canada & Québec TodayCanada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies 3.1-2 (Dec. 2013). (With Marie Carrière).

Carver and Feminism.The Raymond Carver Review 2 (2009). (With Claire Fabre-Clark).

Refereed Articles & Book Chapters

On Paradox as Method for Trans Literary Studies. Transgender Literary Theory and Criticism. Ed. Douglas A. Vakoch. SUNY Press. Forthcoming. 

Oblique Emotions and Border Intimacies in Dionne Brand’s TheoryRethinking Identities across Boundaries: Genders/ Genres/ Genera. Eds. Claudia Capancioni, Mariaconcetta Costantini and Mara Mattoscio. Palgrave Macmillan, 2023. 

New Literatures: Canada (Journal Articles). The Year’s Work in English Studies 101.1. Oxford University Press, 2022. 

---. and Jennifer Duggan. "Affect and/as Pedagogy." Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry 2.4. Open Humanities Press, 2022. 

New Literatures: Canada (Journal Articles)The Year’s Work in English Studies 100.1. Oxford University Press. (December 2021): 1271-1281. 

Thresholds of Sustainability: Cassils' and Emma Donoghue’s Counter NarrativesOn The Other Side(s) of 150: Untold Stories and Critical Approaches to History, Literature and Identity in Canada. Eds. Linda M. Morra & Sarah Henzi. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2021. 108-123. 

2020 and All's Well: On Positionality, Transtemporality and Scandalous Bodies. Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review 243 (2021): 166-170.

New Literatures: Canada (Journal Articles)The Year’s Work in English Studies 99. Oxford University Press. (November 2020): 1209-1223. 

Feeling Sideways: Shani Mootoo and Kai Cheng Thom’s Sustainable AffectsUniversity of Toronto Quarterly 89.1 (Winter 2020): 88-106.

Where is the TransGender in the TransCanadian? Kai Cheng Thom and Vivek Shraya's Response-able FictionsCanadian Fictions of Globality. Special issue of Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 78 (2019): 141-53. Ed. P. M. Carmona-Rodríguez.  

Love Enough! Dionne Brand and Rosi Braidotti’s Affective Transpositions. Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice 38.2 (March 2018): 47-56. 

Borderless (Alien)ations: Disposable Bodies and Biopolitical Effacement in Min Sook Lee’s Docu-Poem. Narratives of Difference in Globalized Cultures: Reading Transnational Cultural Commodities. Eds. B. Martín-Lucas and A. Ruthven. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 117-132. 

Joyful Insurrection as Feminist Methodology; or The Joys of Being a Feminist Killjoy. 452°F. Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature 14 (2016): 16-25. Special issue “Thinking about Affect in Culture and Art.” Ed. K. Paszkiewicz. 

Posthuman Matters in Hiromi Goto’s Hopeful FictionsLire le corps biomedical/ The Biomedical Body. Eds. D. Laforest et al. Presses de l’Université de Limoges, 2016. 31-44.

Necropolitical Assemblages and Cross-Border Ethics in Hiromi Goto’s Darkest Light. Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review 224 (Spring 2015): 17-31.

‘The Whole City’s our Bawdy-House, My Lass’: Affective Spaces and Disoriented Bodies in Dionne Brand and Emma Donoghue’s FictionsPeer English: A Journal of New Critical Thinking 9 (2014): 89-107.

A Threatening Fetish: The Female Body through Carver’s Hitchcockian Eye. Not Far From Here: The Paris Symposium on Raymond Carver. Eds. R. Miltner and V. Fachard. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. 69-80.

Intertextuality, Parody and Jouissance in Emma Donoghue’s Dissenting Fairy TalesVoicing Dissent: New Perspectives in Irish Criticism. Eds. N. Doody and S. Brisset. Irish Academic Press, 2012. 190-201.

Toxic Bodies that Matter: Trans-Corporeal Materialities in Dionne Brand’s Ossuaries. Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies 2.1-2 (2012): 55-68.

Classical Fairy Tales in Modern Landscapes: Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor. The Irish Knot: Essays on Imaginary/Real Ireland. Eds. M. J. Carrera et al. Universidad de Valladolid, 2008. 193-201.

Diswomen Strike Back? The Evolution of Disney’s Femmes in the 1990sAtenea Journal 27.2 (2007): 55-67. 


Jan. 2018—Dec. 2020 Bodies in Transit 2: Difference and Indifference (Ref. FFI2017-84555-C2-2-P). Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry & Competitiveness (MINECO). Director: Belén Martín-Lucas (U. Vigo, Spain).

Jan. 2015—Dec. 2017: Bodies in Transit. Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Ref. FFI2013-47789-C2-2-P). Director: Prof. Pilar Cuder-Domínguez, (U. Huelva, Spain) 

March—Dec. 2013: Globalized Cultural Markets: the Production, Circulation and Reception of Difference. Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Ref. FFI2010-17282). Director: Dr. Belén Martín-Lucas (U. Vigo, Spain). 


International Research Funding (Internasjonale spissmiljøer), Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, NTNU, Norway. March 2018 (KR 223.560)

Anna Rutherford Young Researchers Grant, European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS). March, 2017 (1,500 Euros) 

Publication Grant, Awards to Scholarly Publications Program, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada. July, 2016 (8,000 Can$)

Governor General’s Gold Medal, (highest academic standing at the graduate level), University of Alberta, Canada. October 2013.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship. May 2010—Aug. 2013 (180,000 Can$)

The President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction, University of Alberta. Sept. 2010—2012 (15,000 Can$)

Honorary Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, University of Alberta. May 2010—August 2012.    


Invited Member, Application and Nomination Review Committee (ANRC), the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Montreal, Canada. Jan 2019-2020.

Invited Jury Member, SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Invitation, 2017 Impact Awards. Ottawa, Canada. Feb.-Jul. 2017