Dr. Nandaka Maduranga Kalugampitiya

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Department of English,
University of Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka.

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  • Nandaka Maduranga Kalugampitiya (Ranga Kalugampitiya) was born and raised in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from Peradeniya and completed his postgraduate degrees in the United States. In his work, he draws on his diverse academic backgrounds that range from Buddhist philosophy to post-tructuralist theory and from language studies to literary studies. Ranga is a past pupil of St. Sylvester's College and Dharmaraja College, Kandy.
Educational Qualifications:
  • BA, English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2007)
  • MA, Linguistics, Ohio University, USA (2012)
  • PhD, Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University, USA (2016)
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Memberships & Awards :
  • InterArts Excellence and Diversity Fellowship 2014-2015, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University, USA.
  • Seigfred Award 2014-2015 (outstanding performance in written and oral comprehensive examinations, coursework, and teaching), School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University, USA. )
Research Intersests :
  • Critical discourse analysis; language and power; language and myth
Research Publications :
  • “The Transition from Myth to Art from a Losevian Perspective: An Analysis of the Culladhanuggaha Jātaka as Myth and Its Transition into Sri Lankan Folk and Classical Theatre” in The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2014, p. 1-20.
  • “The Chulladhanuddara Jātaka in Sri Lankan Folk and Contemporary Theatre: What Does This Transition Say about the Nature of Myth and Art?” in NAAAS (National Association of African American Studies) and Affiliates 2014 Conference Monograph Series, p. 899-925.
  • “Rethinking the ‘Native Speaker’/‘Nonnative Speaker’ Dichotomy” in The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2013, p. 37-50.
  • “Resistance and Reinforcement: Rethinking the Underclass Commercial Sex Worker Discourse in Sri Lanka” in The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2012, p. 25-41.
  • “The Need to Go beyond Linguistics for an Effective and Meaningful Study of Language: The Case of Veddah Language Studies” in Phoenix: Sri Lanka Journal of English in the Commonwealth, Vol. 9, 2012 (Sri Lanka Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies)
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