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Dr. K. Shrikarunaakaran


Dr. K. Shrikarunaakaran
PhD in English Literature (EFL University, Hyderabad)
MA English (EFL University, Hyderabad)
BA (Hons) in English (UJ, Sri Lanka)

Senior Lecturer in English Gr. II
Department of Languages
Faculty of Arts & Culture
Eastern University, Sri Lanka
Telephone: 0094652240002 (Office) , 0094779004420 (Mobile) /


University Education

  • Ph.D in English Literature (2018) 
    The English & Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, Telangana.India.
    Doctoral Thesis title: Migration and Selfhood in the Select Fiction of Michael Ondaatje.
  • MA in English Literature (2010) – (two year regular programme) 
    The English & Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, Telangana,India.
  • BA (Hons) in English (2006) – Four year programme University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
  • National Diploma in English (two years) Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technical Education (SLIATE), Sri Lanka.
  • Senior Certificate Course in English (one year) 
    Vavuniya Campus, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
  • Certificate Course in English (one year) 
    Affiliated University College, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka.
  • BA (Hons) in English Dissertation title: An Analysis of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things.

Professional Qualifications

  • Teaching Methodology Course, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  • Short Course in Qualitative Research, Open University, Sri Lanka.

Academic Profession

  • Senior Lecturer in English Gr.II 2018 to date
  • Lecturer in English 2010 – 2018
  • Assistant Lecturer in English (2007 -2008)

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Tamil       GCE(Advanced Level)
  • English    Post Graduate (PhD)
  • French     As a subject for BA (Hons)
  • Sinhala    Manageable Proficiency

Workshops participated

  • Student Centered Learning (SCL) conducted by The British Council, Sri Lanka and University of Leicester, UK. 2019.
  • Participated in Southern Epistemologies Workshop conducted together by Birmingham University, UK and EFLU, Hyderabad. 2018.
  • Digital Reference Management Software for Research Scholars, conducted by Ramesh Mohan Library, EFL University, Hyderabad, India. 2017.
  • Cognitive Poetics organized by Department of English Literature at EFL University, Hyderabad in 2014.
  • Ten-day MOODLE Training workshop at CICT, EUSL 2011
  • Write to Reconcile Workshop on Creative Writing organized by National Peace Council in Kandy and Batticaloa in 2014 - Week-long residential workshop
  • Workshop on ELT jointly organized by English Language Teachers Association of India (ELTAI - Hyderabad Chapter), and G.Narayanamma Institute of Technology & Science, in Hyderabad 2017.
  • Workshop for Researchers on Academic & Research Writing, and English Language Pedagogy, organized by English Language Teachers Interaction Forum (ELTIF), India, 2015.
  • Workshop on Subject Benchmark Formulation organized by the UGC, Colombo.
  • Workshop on English Medium Instruction – Whole Systems  Thinking and Action planning for the transition to English Medium Instruction 14-16 Oct. 2019, UGC, Colombo.
  • Stakeholders’ meeting of the External Degree Programmes at Hotel Renuka,Kolpitiya, Colombo on 14 March 2014. Conducted by UGC.
  • Workshop on the Current Economic Growth & Development at Central Bank, Colombo in 2012.
  • Workshop on University Code and Ethics conducted by SDC, EUSL, 2013.
  • Workshop on Literary Translation jointly organized by The Gratian Trust, Colombo and Sea Gull publishers, Calcutta.


Research Papers

  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘Edward Said’s Orientalism : Imaginative Geography -Orientalizing the Orient -A Response’. Neithal 7:1, ISSN 2012-6573 FAC, EUSL, 2014.
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘The Place of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness in Postcolonial Literature’. The English Research Express, IJELL - International Journal of English Language and Literature, Vol.2, Issue: 8, Pp.113 – 124. ISSN: 2321-1164.
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘“Stifling Dust in the Air”: Glimpses of Personhood of an Egyptian Anti-Hero’. The Achievers Journal (Quarterly). Pp.18-30. ISSN (print) 2454-2296.
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘The Question of Meaning: A Theoretical Deliberation on Reader-Response Perspectives’. Contemporary Discourse (Biannual). Vol.8 Issue 2. (2017) Pp.23-28. ISSN 0976-3686.
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘Enduring Aristotle: A Prefatory Study on His Legacy of Ethics and Aesthetics.’ i-manager’s Journal of English Language Teaching (Quarterly), Vol.7. No.3 (July-September 2017). Pp.1-6. ISSN 2231-3338.
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘“A Case for Fragmentation of the “Subject”: A Study on the Poststructuralist Turn”’. The Atlantic Critical Review (Quarterly). Vol.16. No.3. July-September 2017. pp.115-139. ISSN 0972-6373.
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘The Least Privileged Place: A Reading of Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table’. Scholarcritic, Volume.02 Issue.02. Pp.27-39. ISSN.2348-6945.
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘The Self across Time: A Historical Trajectory’. Langlit(Quarterly), Vol.3. Issue 1. ISSN 2349-5189.
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘“Immoderate Desire”: Robinson Crusoe as an Allegory of Civilization of Man’. Research Scholar (Quarterly), Vol.5 Issue 1. ISSN 2320-6101.
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘Identity Politics and the Empowerment of the Marginalised in the Post-Independent Indian Context’. Literary Herald, Vol.2. Issue 4. Pp.258-261. ISSN 2454-3365
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘Othering as Self-identity Construction: A Religious Context from India’. Langlit (Quarterly). Vol.3 Issue 4. ISSN 2349-5189
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘Self as a Construct in Select Fiction of Michael Ondaatje’. Global English-Oriented Research Journal (Quarterly). Vol.2 Issue 4. ISSN 2454-5511.

Creative Writing

  • Shrikarunaakaran, Kandiah. ‘Ellaikal’, ‘Kuppy Lamps’, ‘Exodus’. Write To Reconcile II: An Anthology. Ed. Shyam Selvadurai. Colombo: National Peace Council. 2015. Page: 56-60. ISBN: 978-955-4787-01-8 (
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  • Catalogued in SAGE journal:Perera, Walter. ‘Sri Lanka’. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Volume: 51 issue: 4, 2016. Pp. 685-699.

Paper Presentations &Publication of Abstracts

  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. 'Narrating the Self in Michael Ondaatje’s Memoir Running in the Family.’ Abstracts of Papers presented at the International Conference. The English Language Teachers Interaction Forum (ELTIF), in Kannur, Kerala,2015.
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘Migration and Selfhood in Ondaatje’s Memoir Running in the Family.’ Abstracts of Papers presented at the International Conference.Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP), Hyderabad & Indian Society for Commonweal Studies (ISCS), OU, Hyderabad, 2015.
  • Shrikarunaakaran, K. ‘Arundhati Roy’s Literary Polemic The God of Small Things: Representation of a Localised Communism’. Proceedings of Research Papers. ARS, FAC, EUSL, 2019.


    Research Interest

    • Postcolonial Literature in English /Diasporic Literature in English
    • Narrative Theory
    • Theories of Selfhood
    • English Language Teaching


    Literature courses:

    • History of Literary Theory & Criticism
    • Commonwealth Literature
    • The Novel
    • Sri Lankan Writing in English
    • Short Story
    • Classical Poetry in English
    • Literature in English
    • Introduction to English Literature
    • History of the English Language
    • Literature in English
    • Practical Criticism
    • English Fiction

    Language & Linguistics courses:

    • Sociolinguistics
    • Advanced Grammar
    • Advanced Reading & Writing
    • Advanced Writing in English
    • English for Communication
    • General English for undergraduates
    • English Language Skills for Master of Arts
    • English Languages Skills for Master of Education


    • Best Performance in English Literature 2003, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
    • Best Performance in English Literature 2005, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.


    • Distinction pass in Senior Certificate Course in English, Vavuniya Campus,University of Jaffna.

    Positions Held

    • Former Head / English Language Teaching Unit, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
    • Former Acting Head / English Language Teaching Unit, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
    • Former Acting Head / Department of English Language Teaching, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
    • Activity Coordinator/Collaboration with State and Non-State Training Institutions, UDG/EDP Grant, Eastern University, Sri Lanka. 2013- 2014.
    • Member, Research & Publications Committee, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
    • Coordinator / Action Plan, Strategic Plan, FAC, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
    • Student Counselor –Eastern University, Sri Lanka. 2011, 2012, 2020.

    As Resource person in:

    • Workshop on IELTS preparation for FAC academic Staff. Eastern University, Sri Lanka. 2020.
    • English Language Training Workshop for Non-academic staff organized by SDC, Eastern University, Sri Lanka. Feb. 2020.