Department of English

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya


Prof. Carmen S. Wickramagamage

BA (Hons) in English (Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
PhD in English, University of Hawaii (Manoa), USA

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General Education in Kalutara, Galle and Kandy
University Education at Peradeniya and Hawaii

Educational Qualifications

  • PhD in English, University of Hawaii (Manoa), USA
  • BA (Hons) in English (Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)

Appointment (Selected)

  • Professor in English
  • Head, Department of English (from July 2017)
  • Editor, The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities 2012-2015
  • Chief Editor, Gratiaen Trust funded Translation Project 2008/2009
  • Joint Coordinator, Programme in Translation Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya (2002-2006)
  • Visiting Professor at Bowdoin College (USA), Spring 2015, Whitman College (USA) Fall 2007, and Carleton College (USA), Spring 1996.

Research Interests:

Women’s Writing, Feminist Literary Criticism, Women’s Studies, Postcolonial Literature, Migrant and Diasporic Writing, Translation.

Research Publications (selected)

  • Co-author, “Women’s Political Representation and Participation in Sri Lanka”, National Human Development Report (2016), UNDP Country Office. Forthcoming.
  • “Leonard Woolf’s The Village in the Jungle and A.P. Gunarathne’s Beddegama: Which the Original and Which the Translation?” Phoenix: Journal of the Sri Lanka Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies,” Ed. S.W. Perera & Nihal Fernando. Forthcoming.
  • “Violence against Women: Exception or the Norm? Perspectives from Sri Lanka,”
    Perspectivas transculturales/Violence against Women: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Ed. Rita Radl Philipp and Conceiçao Fonseca-Silva, Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2014.
  • “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): 1-26.
  • “Gendering Identity, Engendering Difference: A Critique of Femininities-in-the-making in Contemporary Lanka.” Identity and Difference. Ed. John Holt & P B Meegaskumbura, Kandy: ISLE, 2006.
  • “`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.
  • “Sri Lankan Organizations for Women: A Critical Appraisal.” Women and Politics in Sri Lanka: A Comparative Perspective. Ed. Sirima Kiribamune. Kandy: ICES 1999. 143-181.

Memberships and Awards

  • Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship under ACU Titular Fellowships (2017)
  • State Literary Award 2012 for Best Translation into English from Sinhala in the Creative Writing Category
  • Fellowship [one month], under Erasmus Mundus Action II-Experts II [A Staff Exchange Programme]
  • Fellowship, O’Donnell Visiting Educator, Whitman College, WA, USA
  • Fellowship, Advanced Research and Lecturing Awards, Fulbright Hayes Foundation, USA
  • Fellowship (South Asia Region), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), New York
  • A Fellowship for Female Doctoral Students in the Asia-Pacific Region from the American Association of University Women, Honolulu Branch, Fall 1993
  • An International Fellowship for Doctoral Studies from the American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • An Award from the Graduate Student Organization, University of Hawaii for "Outstanding Achievement as a Graduate Student Researcher, 1991-92”
  • An East-West Center Award for Graduate Studies 1987-1991.

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