Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Gamini Fonseka, E.A. (Prof.)

Senior Professor

Department of English and Linguistics
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
University of Ruhuna
Matara 81000
Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 712937169

Email: drgamini@gmail.com

Biography:

EA Gamini Fonseka was born in Bandarawela (Sri Lanka) in 1955. He studied at St Ursula’s Convent and Uva College, Badulla, and Dharma VijayaPirivena, Bandarawela respectively, before he entered the University of Kelaniyain 1978. Thereafter he earned his qualifications from the Goethe Institute, Colombo, and Universities of Zurich, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Vaasa, Oregon, Maryland Baltimore County. He joined the University of Ruhuna in February 2005 in the capacity of a Grade I Senior Lecturer and became a Professor in English in May 2007, and a Senior Professor in English in May 2015. Before joining Ruhuna, he was at the General Sir John KotelawalaDefence Academy as Head-Languages, and at the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka as Director-Staff Development and Coordinator – Rahangala Campus Extension Program in English. He has research experience in English Literature, Language, Applied Linguistics, and Stylistics. He is an amateur dramatist, painter, and a popular public speaker.

Qualifications:

  • PhD (Vaasa) 1997
  • MA (Edinburgh) 1990
  • BA (Kelaniya) 1981
  • Certificate (Online) in Critical Thinking forEFL Curriculum (Oregon) 2011
  • Certificate in Lecturing Skills 1990
  • Certificate in Basic German 1983

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Member – Editorial Board – American journal in English & Literature
  • President – English Language Professional Association, Sri Lanka

Specialized fields and teaching areas:

Literature in English (Drama, Poetry and Fiction), English Language & Linguistics, Literary Theory, Oral Culture, Pragmatics, and ELT Methodology

Research areas:

Literature in English (Drama, Poetry and Fiction), English Language & Linguistics, Literary Theory, Oral Culture, Pragmatics, and ELT Methodology

Publications:

Major publications

          Books, Scholarly Works Submitted for a Degree

  • A Proposal for a Programme to Use Drama, in Order to Develop the Oral Skills of the Teacher Trainees of Pasdunrata College of Education, Kalutara, Sri Lanka, through Techniques Based on Dramatic Activities and Classroom Interaction. Unpublished Masters Dissertation submitted to Moray House College, Edinburgh University, UK. 1990.(Shakespeare and Shaw in the Classroom)

  • English Children's Songs: Their Use in Promoting Oral Skills in Primary Schoolchildren in Sri Lanka. Finland: University of Vaasa. 1997. ISBN 951-683-675-5

  • Kumara H.I.G.C. (2013) Forest Utilization by Local Communities in Sinharaja Rain Forest: Focused on Policy Interventions and TrendsLAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany. ISBN-13: 978-3659462290

  • Kumara H.I.G.C. (2016) Challenges to Implementing Community Based Ecotourism: Sustainability of Sustainable Development Discourse, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany. ISBN-13: 978-3659937927


Journal publications

          Research Publications in Refereed Journals

  • 'Oral Poetry and Sri Lanka's Diglossia-Affected Children.' In Jerry Schuchalter (Ed.). Interdependence and Interaction: English in Contact with Other Languages. Finland: University of Vaasa. 1995. ISBN 951-683-560-0

  • The Canon of Sri Lankan Literature in English.' In SG Samaranayake, Mahinda Ralapanawa, DM Gunaratne & Rajendra Bandara (Eds.) Arts Council of Sri Lanka Quarterly. June1998.

  • 'Assessment and Evaluation in a Language-Based Approach to the Study of Literature.' In Rev. PallewelaSarada (Ed.) Chinthaka: Sri Lanka National Colleges of Education Journal Vol 4. 1998.

  • Orality in Language Education. In Helena Kantanen& John Shepherd (Eds.) Vaasa University Journal. No 5/1997. ISSN 1236-6730'

  • '‘Orality in Culture and Education.’ Paper presented at the Assumption University of Thailand in Bangkok, on January 31st, 2003. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka Journal 2004.
  • 'Professoinalism through Alertness to Innovation.' Paper presented at the International SLELTA Conference, Colombo on August 30th, 2002. National Teacher Education Authority of India Journal 2004.

  • “Teacher-Pupil and Pupil-Pupil relationships in a Multicultural Classroom: Levels of Communication.” Paper presented at the International Training in Multicultural Education: Parola Senior-High and Hama Polytechnic Teacher Education University. Finland. 2005. University of Ruhuna Humanities & Social Sciences Journal 2006.
  • “Achieving Relevance in University General English Programmes with a Focus on Motivation.” Paper presented at the International EUE (Enhancing University English) Conference, Colombo on June 4th, 2006. University of Ruhuna Humanities & Social Sciences Journal, 2008-2009.

  • “Sustaining Tradition with Inspiration from Modernity: Countering Elitism in Teaching Shakespearean Drama.” ModernaSprak. University of Gothenburg. 2013.   

  • “A Discourse-Analysis Based Critical Approach to Heteroglossic Situation in the Novel.” International Conference of Association of Asian Heritage. University of Kelaniya. 2013. Advances in Language and literary Studies. ISSN: 2203-4714. Austrailan International Academic Center. 2014.
  • Wickedness in the Guise of Courtesy: A Critical Reading of ‘The Open Window’ by H.H. Munro alias Saki. Literary Quest. International Peer-Reviewed Open Access Monthly Journal of English Language & Literature


           Research Publications in Refereed Journals

  • ‘How Swnish! … Yet…: A Critical Analysis of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.Silhouette: Kotelawala Defence Academy Journal 1998 - 1999.

  • ‘Raza Hyder in Salman Rushdie’s Shame: Spitting Image of a Stupid Dictator.’ Silhouette: Kotelawala Defence Academy Journal 1999-2000.

  • 'English Language Teaching in Post-Colonial Sri Lanka.' Silhouette: Kotelawala Defence Academy Journal 2000- 2001.

  • 'GCE (O' Level) Study of English Literature: An Alternative Approach.' Silhouette: Kotelawala Defence Academy Journal 2001-2002.

  • ‘Introducing Technology into Language Education: Establishment and Management of a Self-Access Learning System.’ Paper presented at the International SLELTA Conference, Colombo on September 3rd, 2000. Silhouette: Kotelawala Defence Academy Journal 2002-2003.

  • ‘A Model for Analysing Oral Culture.’ Paper presented at the Cultural Studies Seminar of the University of Vaasa on December 5th, 1994. Silhouette. Kotelawala Defence Academy Journal. 2003-2004.

  • “In Defence of Baila and Kaffirinna.” Paper presented at the launch of the book BailaKaffirinnaon February 8th, 2001.  Silhouette. Kotelawala Defence Academy Journal. 2004-2005.

  • “Impact of Modern Language Competence on Higher Education.”  Workshop at the Inauguration of the Ruhuna University International Office, 2005. In Ruhuna Academic Journal 2010. Ruhuna College of Education:  Galle. 

  • Selfless Commitment to the Comfort of the Others: A Critical Reading of “The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wild. In GnanaWilasi – The Ven. MadumanePemananda Felicitation Volume.

Conference publications

          Papers Published in Conference Proceedings

  • Children's Songs in Promoting Learner Autonomy.' In Leslie Dickinson (Ed.) Autonomy 2000: Developing Learner Independence in Language Learning. Bangkok: Cambridge University Press. 1996. ISBN 0-521-92679-3

  • ‘Metaphor in Language Transfer.’ In Porter, Gerald & Monica Loeb (Eds.) Dangerous Crossing: Transgression in Literature and Culture. Sweden: University of Umea. 1999. ISBN 0345-0155

  • “A Sri Lankan Variety of English: Exploding the Fallacy.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Sri Lankan Studies – Sri Lanka at Cross-Roads, Ruhuna University, Matara, on November 30th, 2003.  Proceedings of the 9th ICSLS Conference.

  • ‘Transliteration of Sri Lankan Native Words in Roman.’ Paper prepared for the on-coming International SLELTA Conference, Colombo, 2004. SLELTA Conference Proceedings 2006.

  • “Role of the Teacher in Student Empowerment through English Language Ability.” Paper presented at the International SLELTA Conference, Colombo on September 3rd, 2006. SLELTA Conference Proceedings 2008.

  • “Pedagogical Inputs in Promoting Extensive Reading in English among Post-Primary Schoolchildren from the Conflict-Affected Territories of Sri Lanka” Proceedings of the KDU Symposium - “Challenges of Post Conflict Sri Lanka”.Kotelawala Defence University. 2011.

  • “Rabindranath Tagore’s Application of Irony in GORA.”  On the Seashore of Humanity: Sesqui-Centenary Volume on Tagore. University of Calcutta. 2012.

  • “Element of Subversiveness in the GKH Brand of Theatre.” In Mntillake, Sudesh&AthulaSamarakoon (eds) Tales about Hatha. Peradeniya: Peradeniya University Arts Council. 2009.

  •  “Empowering the Needy by Defeating the Sri Lankan English Racquet” Welcome Address at the RuhunaUniversity Extension Programme in English Awards Ceremony, Dec. 18th 2008. In Anuruddha, B & G Pugngnananda (Eds). Dharma Vijaya Journal, Vol. 13  – The Ven. PolgampolaIndhananda Felicitation Number. 2013.  

  • “Selfless Commitment to the Comfort of the Others: A Critical Reading of “The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wild”. In G. Gnanananda& G. Wipula (Eds). GnanaWilasi. The VenMadumane Sri Pemananda Felicitation Number. 2014.

  • “Lifelong Deprivation of Freedom for a Brief Moment of Pleasure: A Semiotic Reading of “The Boarding House” by James Joyce.” IRCHSS Conference. Sri Jayawardenepura University. 2014.


Book chapters

  • Autonomy in a Resource Poor Setting: Reviving the Carnivalesque.' In: Autonomy Across Cultures. (Eds.) Richard C Smith & David Paulfreyman. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2003. ISBN 1-4039-0354-9

  • “Universals in the Process of Curriculum Development in ELT.” In Manish Vyas & Yogesh L Patel (Eds.) Teaching English as a Second Language. A New Pedagogy for a New Century. Delhi: Prentice Hall in India. 2009. 

Invited keynote talks and seminar presentations:

  • ‘The Scope and Use of Information Technology within Travel and Tourism Industry.’ Paper presented at the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka Faculty of Management Studies on October 18th, 2003.

  • “Writing in Preserving Culture.” Key Note Address at the Launch of RahulaVidyalaya of MATARA Publication Vision on May 26th, 2006.

  • “English, Speech, and Music in Personality Development.” Key Note Address at the Institute for Examinations in English, Music and Speech Awards Ceremony, BMICH, Colombo,on June 4th, 2006.

  • “Ethnic Coherence through a National Curriculum Presented in English” Key Note Address at the Annual Prize Giving 2010 of Sussex College, Bandarawela, on October 30th, 2010.

  • “English for Cultural Embellishment” Welcome Speech at AWARDS CEREMONY – Extension Programme, Ruhuna University English Language Teaching Unit, Dec. 30th 2006.

  • Dissuasion Resulting in Determination: “Hills like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway. Ruhuna University Academic sessions. 2016.

  • Servile Mourning for the Powerful: A Critical Reading of “Professional Mourners” by AlaguSubramaniam

  • Darkness Ushering Illumination: A Critical Reading of ‘A Temporary Matter’ by JumpaLahiri

  • “Exploitation Boomeranging on the Exploiter: A Critique of ‘Action and Reaction’ by Chitra Fernando.”

  • A chapter by chapter critical summary of The Funny Boy by ShyamSelvadorei.


Monographs

  • An English Course Design for Adult Learners in Sri Lanka. 2001. Model developed for the Kotealawala Defence Academy.

  • General English Course guide. 2006. Model developed for the University of Ruhuna.


Translations into English
  • BailaKaffirinna. English Translation of Prof Sunil Ariyaratne’s original work in Sinhala. Colombo: Godage Brothers. 2001. ISBN 955-20-4916-4

  • Back from the Other World. English Translation of Prof EdiriweeraSarachchandra’s play ElowöGihinMelowöAawa. 2007.

  • Success Stories: Ruhuna CIDA Restore Project. 2009.

  • The Duo. English Translation of DharmasenaPathiraja’s film script DENAMÖ. 2011.


Translations into Sinhalas
  • ‘SriiLankaaweeJanöwaargiköJaathiwaadöyeeSaahithyöhaadheeshöpaalönöyö’, Sinhala Translation of Prof ChelvaKanaganayagam’s English article ‘Literature and the Politics of Ethno-nationalism in Sri Lanka’ In Amarasinghe, Jayantha (Ed) Siri Gunasinghe Felicitation Volume. University of Ruhuna: Cultural Centre. 2010.

  • ‘Nuuthönö Sri LaankeeyöSaahithyöThulöVishwövidyaalöyö’ Sinhala Translation of Prof Ashley Halpe’s article ‘The University in Modern Sri Lankan Literature’ In Amarasinghe, Jayantha (Ed) Siri Gunasinghe Felicitation Volume. University of Ruhuna: Cultural Centre. 2010.

  • ‘Bakhtin, Lawrence and Dostovsky.’ Sinhala Translation of David Lodge’s article ‘Bakhtin, Lawrence and Dostovsky’ in David Lodge, After Bakhtin, Routledge, 1990. 2011.


Creative Works in Literature
  • Mirage in the Oasis. Colombo: Godage International. 2002. ISBN 955-20-6094-X


Forewords
  • Foreword. Snapshots of Realism. Gomesz, Beverley. Balangoda (Sri Lanka): DarshakaGomesz. 2013. ISBN 978-955-4458-0-1

  • Foreword. Sustenance of Indigenous Values to Enhance Patriotism and Professionalism in the Sri Lanka Army.Diyatalawa: Sri Lanka Military Academy. 2014. ISBN 978-955-7501-02-4


Textbooks
  • Animal Farm: English Literature - Module 316303. Maharagama: Department of DistanceEducation, National Institute of Education. 1992.

  • English through Singing Year 1 - 6: Children's books; Teacher's Handbook; Audiocassettes. Bandarawela: Thilaka Printers. 1993, 1994, 2000.

  • Companion to Poetry.Bandarawela: DP Perera. 1995, 2001, 2003. 1SBN 955-97297-0-5

  • Companion to Drama.1997, 2001, 2003. 1SBN 955-97297-1-3

  • Companion to Prose.Bandarawela: DP Perera. 2000, 2002, 2003. 1SBN 955-97297-2-1

  • Critical Guide to Short Stories.Bandarawela: EA Danilo Fonseka. 2006. ISBN 955-97297-6-4

  • Friendly Way to Reading Poetry.Bandarawela: EA Danilo Fonseka. 2006. ISBN 955-97297-5-6

  • Friendly Way to Reading Drama.Bandarawela: EA Danilo Fonseka. 2007. ISBN 955-99935-4-4

  • Friendly Way to Reading Prose.Bandarawela: EA Danilo Fonseka. 2007. ISBN 955-99935-5-4

  • Friendly Way to Reading Fiction.Bandarawela: EA Danilo Fonseka. 2010. ISBN 955-99935-6-8

  • Critical Reading of Poetry. Bandarawela: Smart International. 2015. ISBN 955-7831-00-8

  • Critical Reading of Prose. Bandarawela: Smart International. 2016. ISBN 955-7831-03-9

  • Critical Reading of Drama – Junji Kinoshita. Bandarawela: Smart International. 2015. ISBN 955-7831-01-5

  • Critical Reading of Drama – Anton Chekov. Bandarawela: Smart International. 2016. ISBN 955-7831-01-5



Books for Supplementary Reading
  • Companion to Fiction. Bandarawela: Bandarawela: DP Perera. 2001, 2003. 1SBN 955-97297-3-X

  • Critical Guide to Ernest Macintyre’s ‘The Education of Miss Asia’. Bandarawela: DP Perera. 2003. 1SBN 955-97297-4-8

  • Friendly Way to Reading Fiction- Les Miserable by Victor Hugo.Bandarawela: EA Danilo Fonseka. 2008. ISBN 955-99935-7-5

  • Friendly Way to Reading Fiction – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.Bandarawela: EA Danilo Fonseka. 2010. ISBN 955-99935-8-2

  • Friendly Way to Reading Fiction – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.Bandarawela: EA Danilo Fonseka. 2010. ISBN 955-99935-9-9

  • Friendly Way to Reading Fiction - Village by the Sea by Anita Desai.Bandarawela: EA Danilo Fonseka. 2008. ISBN 955-54883-0-3

  • Friendly Way to Reading Fiction - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.Bandarawela: EA Danilo Fonseka. 2009. ISBN 955-54883-1-0

  • Critical Guide to The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca. Bandarawela: EA Danilo Fonseka. 2013. ISBN 955-54883-2-7


Book Reviews

  • ‘Mirroring a people and writings from different angles.’ Review of Kaleidoscope 1: An Anthology of Sri Lankan English Literature. Edited by D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke. Colombo: VijithaYapa Publications, 2007. ISBN 978-955-1266-70-7’. Postcolonial Text, Vol 4 No 1 (2008)

  • ‘A sensible Approach to Communication.’ Learning English Book 1. Edited by D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke et al. Colombo: VijithaYapa Publications, 2006. ’ The Sunday Observer. November 5th, 2006.

  • ‘Communication in Progress.’ Learning English Book 1. Edited by D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke et al. Colombo: VijithaYapa Publications, 2009. The Island. December 8th, 2009.

  • ‘Expanding a spectrum of perspectives.’ Review of Kaleidoscope 2: An Anthology of Sri Lankan English Literature. Edited by D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke. Colombo: VijithaYapa Publications, 2010. ISBN 978-955-665-107-2’. The Island. September 26th, 2009.

  • “An Invaluable Resource for Sinhala Readers of Literature and Fine Arts.” Review of SaahithyöSahaSaundharyöKalaaweeDhaarshöniköSangkalpö – (Philosophical Concepts in Literature and Aesthetics) by VijithaWelagedara, Colombo: Suriya Publishers,2013. ISBN 978-955-656-252-1. The Sunday Observer. February 16th, 2014.


Appreciations

  • “Tribute to a Street Theatre Guru: Gamini K. Haththotuwegama.” The Sunday Observer. November 8th, 2009.