Profile


Harshana Rambukwella (BA Peradeniya, PhD HKU) is a Senior Lecturer at the Postgraduate Institute of English, The Open University of Sri Lanka. He is a Trustee of the Gratiaen Prize for English Writing, instituted by Michael Ondaatje and serves on the judging panels of the Swarnapusthaka Awards for vernacular Sinhala language writing, awarded by the Book Publishers Association of Sri Lanka and the State Literary Prize, awarded by the Sir Lankan government. He has published in number of academic journals including The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, boundary 2 , The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities and The Routledge Handbook of World Englishes. His primary research interests are in postcolonial literatures and theory, comparative literature representations of nationalism in the South Asian context and the role of historical narratives and historiography in community identity. He also maintains an ongoing interest in sociolinguistics.

 

Courses taught in 2010-11:

ENGL2095 The East
ENGL6075 The Politics of English

 

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Academic Publications and Papers


Articles in Internationally Refereed Journals

  • 2006 . “A question of belonging: Reading Jean Arasanayagam through nationalist discourse.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 40(2): 61-81
    (Co-authored with Elaine Ho)
  • 2007. “In search of the nation: When Memory Dies and the [im]possibility of a national imaginary in postcolonial Sri Lanka.” The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities XXXIII (1 &2): 57-70
  • 2012. “Reconciling What? History, realism and the problem of an inclusive Sri Lankan identity”. ICES Research Paper No 3, August 2012
  • 2013. “Stone Statues and Hollow Statues: The Search for Authenticity in Sinhala Nationalist Discourse.” Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities XXXIV: 21-36
  • 2014. “Anagarika Dharmapala and E.W. Adikaram: Two Visions of Nationhood: Early and Mid-twentieth Century Sri Lankan Perspectives on Nation and Nationalism” Presentation of two historical essays with a critical introduction. Margins, a journal of literature and culture. Department of English, Gauhati University, Assam, India.
  • 2015(forthcoming). “Postcolonial nativism? Exploring post-secularism and its implications for history in Sri Lanka” boundary 2: an international journal literature and culture. Duke University Press.

 

Refereed Book Chapters

  •  2010. “Sri Lankan English” The Routledge Handbook of World Englishes, edited by Andy Kirkpatrick. London: Routledge

    (Co-authored with Dushyanthi Mendis)

 

Published conference proceedings

  • 2015 (forthcoming). “What’s in a name? Glocalization or globalization”. Conference proceedings of International Seminar on Globalization to Glocalization, October 4th-6th Bodoland University, Kokrajhar, Assam India. Published by Zenith Books.

 

Coursebooks

  • 2015. LTP 120 , Introduction to Basic Literary Concepts and Literary Theory.  Postgraduate Institute of English, Open University of Sri Lanka

 

Reviews

  • “Review of Shirani Rajapakse’s Breaking News. Cha: an Asian literary journal. March 2012, Issue 16
  • “Cast as mother: A review of a work in progress”. Groundviews citizen’s journalism website 27 May 2012.  http://groundviews.org/2012/05/27/cast-as-mother-a-review-of-a-work-in-progress/
  • “Walking path – A play without words”. Groundviews citizen’s journalism website 29 July 2014. http://groundviews.org/2014/07/29/walking-path-a-play-without-words/
  • “Translation, transition and transcreation”. Article based on public talk given at the launch of the translation of Ranjith Dharmakeerthi’s Sathmahala.  Published in the Daily News 5/11/2014.

 

Encyclopaedia entries

  •  “Jean Arasanayagam.” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. (2010)
  • “Yasmine Gooneratne.” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. (2010)

 

Conference and Seminar Presentations

  • What’s in a name? Glocalization or globalization”. International Seminar on Globalization to Glocalization, October 4th-6th 2013 Bodoland University, Kokrajhar, Assam India.
  • “Pitfalls of nationalism: Literature, nation, history”. Plenary lecture delivered at seminar on “Contemporary Sri Lankan English Writing”, organized by Gauhati University, Assam, India, April 2012.
  • “The post-secularist critique of history in Sri Lanka: some thoughts”. Paper presented at the Cambodia and Sri Lanka: Colonial and Contemporary Legacies conference jointly organized by the Centre for Khmer Studies and the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies, Siem Reap, Cambodia January 11-13, 2012.
  • “Postcolonial nativism? Exploring post-secularism and its implications for history and historiography in Sri Lanka and Israel”. The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University, UK “Sri Lanka at the cross-roads of history” conference, 3-4 June 2011.
  •  “Stone Statues and Hollow Statues: The search for Authenticity in Sinhala Nationalist Discourse”. American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies conference on “Historical Methods” Colombo, 19-20 August 2010.
  • “The Modernity of Tradition: S.W.R.D. Bandranaike and Sri Lankan Nationalism”. School of English, HKU Seminar. 17 Apr 2008
  • “Anagarika Dharmapala, the colonial historiography of Sir Emerson Tennent and Sinhala Buddhist Consciousness.” Paper presented at the “Revisiting modern Sri Lanka panel” 36th Annual South Asia Conference held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. 16 -19 Oct 2007
  • “Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea as Counter-discourse”. Paper presented at the student research colloquium of the 29th Summer Sessions  The School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, USA. 18 Jun – 28 Jul 2005

 

 

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Last updated: 12 February 2015