Dr. Carmen Suneetha Wickramagamage

Office Address: 

Department of English,
University of Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka.

+94 81-239-2543
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  • Carmen Wickramagamage (nee Perera) could be said to have brought herself up having been handed on from one family and one educational institution to another throughout her growing-up years. Yet, despite that experience, or because of that experience, she has done okay. She received her early education in exotic places such as Kalutara, Galle and Kandy before graduating with a BA in English from the University of Peradeniya. She has lived in the US for a number of years but has thrown in her lot with the ‘motherland’ for what it is worth. She is married and has a son and a daughter with whom she experiences in equal mixtures the joys and travails of parenthood.
Educational Qualifications:
  • BA, English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • PhD, English, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Appointments (Selected) :
  • Head, Department of English, 2004-2009
  • Joint Coordinator, Programme in Translation Studies, 2002-2006
  • Visiting Professor, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, USA, Fall 2007.
  • Visiting Professor, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, USA, Spring 2007.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, USA, March-June 1996.
Memberships & Awards :
  • Advanced Research and Lecturing Awards, Fulbright Hayes Foundation, USA, August 2006-May 2007.
  • Award, (South Asia Region), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), New York, 2005.
  • Award, from the Graduate Student Organization, U of Hawaii for "Outstanding Achievement as a Graduate Student Researcher, 1991-92.
  • Member, Sri Lanka Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies
  • Member, Sri Lanka Federation of University Women
Keynote/Invited Papers :
  • “‘Wards of the State’? Women, Citizenship and Nation-State Politics in South Asia.” O’Donnell Lecture. Kimball Auditorium, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, USA, November 28, 2007.
  • “Understanding the Roles of Education, Waged Employment in Women’s Capacity Building: The Case of Sri Lanka.” Invited by American Association of University Women [AAUW], Walla Walla Branch, Olin Hall, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, USA, November 13, 2007.
  • “Abortion: A Woman’s Right?” Guest Lecture delivered at the AGM of the Sri Lanka Federation of University Women, Kandy Branch, 20 February, 2000.
Research Intersests :
  • Postcolonial Literature and Literary Theory, Gender Studies, Women’s Literature, Cultural Studies
Research Publications :
  • “Where Have All the ‘Women’ Gone? A Consideration of Gender and Literary Production in Sigiri Graffiti.” The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities. Vol. XXXV. 1 & 2 (2009).
  • “`Her Body, Her Right’?: Interrogating the Discourse on Abortion in Sri Lanka.” Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 27.1 & 2 (2004): 17-59.
  • “`A Fish Without a Bicycle’?: Annalukshmi’s Choice in Selvadurai’s Cinnamon Gardens.” CRNLE Reviews Journal. 2000:130-141.
  • “(An)Other Side to Bertha Mason?: Reading ‘Race’ into Wide Sargasso Sea.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature. 35, 1 (2000), 27-43.
  • with Wimal Dissanayake. Self and Colonial Desire: Travel Writings of V.S. Naipaul. New York: Peter Lang, 1993.
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