About

Dr. S. Devika
Associate Professor of English
HHMSPBNSS College for Women, Neeramankara
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

devikanairs@yahoo.com

Academic Profile

Refresher Courses attended:
1) Refresher Course in English, ASC, Kerala University, 11/7/2000 – 01/08/2000.
2) Refresher Course in English, ASC, Pondicherry University, 1/3/2005 – 21/3/2005.
3) Refresher Course in English, ASC, Kerala University, 18/7/2005 – 08/08/2005.

Orientation programmes attended:
1) Orientation programme in multidisciplines, ASC, Kerala University, July-August 1995.
2) One-day Orientation Programme to the Teaching Staff of the Colleges on the Regulations of Choice Based Credit and Semester System, 10/12/2009, Kerala University.

Symposium/Workshop Attended

1) Participated in the Workshop on Development of Research Aptitude among College Teachers organized by NSS Colleges’ Central Committee at NSS Hindu College, Changanacherry on 19th July 2003.

2) Participated and translated a story titled “Behumanapetta Amma” in National Workshop on “Translating Saraswathi Amma”, 14-16, March, 2011; organized by School of Translation Studies and Training, Indira Gandhi Open University and Centre for Women’s Studies, Kerala University at Institute of English, Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram.

3) Participated in the Symposium on “Kamala Das and the Tradition of Bilingual Creativity conducted by the Sahitya Akademi in collaboration with the University of Kerala on 24 March, 2015.

Seminars/Conferences (Participation Only)

International:
1) *Participated in International Workshop on “Marginal Cultures and the Canadian Experience”, 17-19 March 2003. UGC Area Study Centre for Canadian Studies, Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram.
2) *Participated in International Seminar on “The Canada-Quebec Divide: A Multidisciplinary Approach”, 16-17 December 2003. UGC Area Study Centre for Canadian Studies, Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram.
3) *Participated in International Seminar on “Anthropology and Literature: Canada and India”, 23-24, January, 2006; UGC Area Study Centre for Canadian Studies, Kerala University, Trivandrum.
4) *Participated in International Conference on “Managing Diversity in the Era of Globalization: Culture, Environment and Tourism in Canada and India”, 5-7, November, 2008; UGC Area Study Centre for Canadian Studies, Kerala University, Trivandrum.
5) *Participated in International Conference on “ELT: Pedagogical Strategies in the 21st Century” , 3-4 February 2011; UGC-SAP, Institute of English and Centre for English language Teaching, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.
6) *Participated in International Seminar on “Decolonizing Theories of the Emotions”, 11-13, November, 2015; The Centre for Women’s Studies, Kerala University, Trivandrum and Samyukta:A Journal of Women’s Studies.

National:
1) Participated in National Seminar on “New Literatures in English”, 19-21 February 2004, Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram.
2) Participated in National Environment Awareness Campaign 2009-2010 Seminar on Climate Change, 22 February 2010, VTMNSS College, Dhanuvachapuram.
3) Participated in National Environment Awareness Campaign 2010-2011 Seminar on Biodiversity Conservation, 11 March 2011, VTMNSS College, Dhanuvachapuram.
4) Participated in IACLALS Annual Conference on “Comparative Cultural Studies: Towards New Postcolonial Paradigms”, 27-29 January, 2011; Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.
5) Participated in National Seminar “Charting New Territories: Cartographies of Popular Media and Culture”, August 18-19, 2011, Dept. of English, All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram.
6) Participated in UGC sponsored National Conference on “Diaspora Studies: Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh at UGC-SAP, Institute of English, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, on 10-11 September 2012.
7) Participated in UGC sponsored National Seminar on “Paradigm shifts in Humanities: From Literature to Cultural Studies” , organized by PG Dept of English, SN College, Chempazhanthy and Centre for Cultural Studies, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, on September 30- October 1, 2015.

8) Participated in the Three-Day National Seminar on Myriad Manifestations of the Anthropocene: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, organized by the PG Department of English, Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram, 28-30 November, 2016.

Regional:
1) Participated in UGC sponsored two-day workshop on “Enhancement of Initiatives for Competence Building” at HHMSPBNSS College for Women, Neeramankara on March 8-9, 2012.
2) Participated in the One-day Workshop on Literary Theory at Institute of English, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, on 31 August 2013.
3) Participated in UGC sponsored two-day Regional Seminar on “Swami Vivekananda’s Philosophy: A Synthesis of Tradition and Modernity” at HHMSPBNSS College for Women, Neeramankara on March 18-19, 2015.

Seminars/Conferences (Participation and Paper Presentation)

International:
1) *Participated and presented paper entitled “Kerala Imagined in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, Geeta Abraham Jose’s By the River Pampa I Stood and Nirmala Aravind’s A Video, a Fridge and a Bride” in International Conference on “Diversity in New Literatures”, 16-18, December, 2010; Kakatiya University, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh.
2) *Participated and presented paper entitled “The Syrian Christian School of Indian Women Writers in English: An Overview” in International Conference on “Trends in Modern Literature: East and West (INCOTIML-11), 4-5 January 2011, Department of english and Foreign Languages, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India.
3) *Participated and presented paper entitled “Language through Literature: A Rationale for Learner-centeredness” at the “7th International Congress on English Grammar”, 28-30 December, 2011, organized by the Dept. of English, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam in association with University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.
4) *Participated and presented paper entitled “Eco-Consciousness in the Novels of Arundhati Roy and Anita Nair” in the Three- Day International Conference on “English Literary Studies: Current Trends and Concurrent Challenges”, 21-23 September 2012, TBAK College for Women, Kilakarai, Ramanathapuram District,Tamil Nadu, India in collaboration with ELTAI, literature SIG.
5) * Participated and presented paper entitled “On the Threshold: Liminality as Immigrant Condition in Monica Alis’ Brick Lane” in the International Conference on “Post-coloniality in Transition: Cosmopolitanism, Trans-nationalism and Globalization”, 16-17 January 2013, Department of Commonwealth Literary Studies, The English and Foreign languages University, Hyderabad.
6) Participated and presented paper entitled “The Voice from ‘God’s Own Country’: Two Decades of Women’s Writing in English” in the International Conference on “New Dimensions in Contemporary Commonwealth Literature” 3-4, April, 2013, at Department of English, Telangana University, Nizamabad (in collaboration with ISCS, New Delhi).
7) Participated and presented paper entitled “Resurrection in Exile: Involuntary Memory in Sunetra Gupta’s Memories of Rain” in the UGC-sponsored One Day International Seminar on “Defamiliarizing Identities in Post Colonial Literature” 12, July, 2013, at PG and Research Department of English, Madras Christian College, Tambaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
8) Participated and presented paper entitled “Monstrous, Manipulative Monarchy as Symbol of Rottenness in the State of Denmark in Shakespeare’s Hamlet” in the VI International Seminar on “The Republic in Shakespeare”, 16-18 October 2013, organized by Dept of English, University of Jammu, and The Shakespeare Association (India) at the University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir.
9) Participated and presented paper entitled “Feste in Trinidad: Carnivalesque Laughter in Michael Antony’s King of the Masquerade” in the International Conference on “Humour: Texts, Contexts” December 6-8, 2013organized by Littcrit and UGC Area Study Centre for Canadian Studies, University of Kerala, Trivandrum.
10) Participated and presented paper entitled “Brahmanical Patriarchy: A Reading of Gender ideology in Select Novels of Women Writers in English” in the International Conference on “Women Novelists in English” on 24th January 2014 organized by Research Centre in English, VHNSN College, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu.
11) Participated and presented paper entitled “A Green Vision: An Eco-critical Reading of Sarah Joseph’s The Gift in Green”. In the International Conference Towards Ecocultural Ethics: Recent Trends and Future Directions, on 9-11 October 2014, organized by The Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences at BITS Pilani K.K.Birla Goa Campus, Goa, in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy, Goa University and ASLE, USA.
12) Participated and presented paper entitled “Denting Structures of Power: Caste and Counter Strategies in a Representative Novel” in the International Seminar on “Emerging Trends in Literatures in English” on 11th December 2014 organized by Research Department of English, Bharathi Women’s College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
13) Participated and presented paper entitled “Postcolonial Subalternity: The Parsi Predicament in Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey” in the International Seminar on “Commonwealth Literature in English” on 27th February 2015 organized by Research Centre in English, VHNSN College (Autonomous), Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu.
14) Participated and presented paper entitled “Environmental Activism: Women, and Ecology versus Mal Development” in the International Conference on “Landmarks in Indian and World Literatures” 26-28 November, 2015, at Osmania University Centre for International Programme, Hyderabad (in collaboration with ISCS, New Delhi).

National:
1) Participated and presented paper entitled “Straddling Two Worlds: A Study of Monica Ali’s Bricklane” at National Seminar on “New English Literature, 9-10 March 2011, Department of English, Annamalai University.
2) Participated and presented paper entitled “An Emancipatory Space: Environment in Select Novels of Malayali Women Writers in English” at the National Conference on “New Bearings in Ecocriticism”, 20-21 October 2011, Dept. of English, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry.
3) Participated and presented paper entitled “A Society in Flux: Caste Dynamics and Resistance in Mathai’s Whispering Generations and Jose’s River Pampa” in the UGC-Sponsored National Seminar on “Indian English Fiction of the New Millennium” , 11 and 12 February 2013, Faculty of English and Foreign Languages, Gandhigram Rural Institute-Deemed University, Gandhigram, Tamilnadu.

Seminars/Conferences (Paper Submission only)

International:
1) A paper entitled “Imagining the place: A study of the fiction of select Malayali women writers in English” at SoLLS.INTEC.11 International Conference “Language, Culture, & Literacy: Engaging Diversity in Challenging Times”, 11-12 May 2011, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia.

2) A paper titled “The Politics of Gender within the Syrian Christian Fold: A Rading of Select Indian Fiction in English” at Two day International Seminar on “New Feminist Writings: Emancipation to Representation” 16-17, March 2017, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry.

National:
1) A paper entitled “Human Dignity and Respect at Stake: Practices Within the Spectrum of Caste” in the UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Human Rights Education and Human Rights Literature” Dec.21, 2013 organized by the Department of English, TBAK College for Women, Kilakarai, Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu.

Articles Published

In Journals:

1) “Literature in a Language Curriculum”, The Journal of English Language Teaching. 28. 6 (1993): 143-153. Print.
2) “Spaces of Otherness: Heterotopias in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things and Anita Nair’s The Better Man.” English Activities Update. 1.2 (July 2010): 25-33. Print. *
3) “The Voice of Protest: Burning Issues in Dina Mehta’s Brides Are Not for Burning.” Journal of Literature and Art Studies. 2.2 (February 2012): 302-308. Print.
4) “The Specificities of Milieu in Nirmala Aravind’s A Video, a Fridge and a Bride.” Littcrit. 38.1 – 73 (June 2012): 12-16. Print.*
5) “The Voice from ‘God’s Own Country’: Two Decades of Women’s Writing in English.” The Commonwealth Review. 21.2 (Women in Literature): 122-133. Print.
6) “Betwixt and Between Integration and Exclusion: Immigrants as Transitional Beings.” English Activities Update. 4.1 (January 2013): 33-39. Print. *
7) “Resurrection in Exile: Involuntary Memory in Sunetra Gupta’s Memories of Rain”. Eclectic Representations. 3.1 (July 2013): 81-91. Print.
8) “The Utopian and the Dystopian in the Dynamics of the Life-Land Interface.” Critical Imprints. Vol. II (2014): 115-132. Print.
9) “The River as Lifeline: The Human-Environmental Tie in Roy’s The God of Small Things and Jose’s By the River Pampa I Stood.” Malayalam Literary Survey. 34.1&2 (June 2014): 35-41. Print. *
10) “Eco-centric Water-life versus Human-centric Development: A Manifesto for Activism”. The Quest. 29.2 (December 2015): 49-56. Print.*

11) “The Dynamics of Gulf Migration in Fiction: A Study of a Few Select Novels in English.” Littcrit. 42.2 – 82 (December 2016): 71-77. Print.*

12) “History and Fiction: The Trajectory of Christian Proselytization.” The Quest. 2 (December 2016): 92- 106. Print.*

13) “The Egalitarian Crusade: A Study of the Communist Movement in Kerala as Depicted in Select Novels of Women Writers in English” Journal of Literature and Aesthetics. 16.1. (Jan-June 2016). 44-55. Print.

In Books:
1) “Imagining the Place: Themes and Concerns in Geeta Abraham Jose’s By the River Pampa I Stood”. 21st Century Indian Novel in English: Emerging Issues and Challenges. Ed. Jagdish Batra. New Delhi: Prestige Books International, 2012. 84-92. Print.

2) “Eco-consciousness in the Novels of Arundhati Roy and Anita Nair.” First International Conference on English Literature – 2012. TBAK College for Women, Kizhakkarai and ELTAI, Chennai. Print.

3) “The Voice from ‘God’s Own Country’: Two Decades of Women’s Writing in English.” Women on the Margins: Indian Literature Today. New Delhi: Prestige Books International, 2013. 122-133. Print.

4) “Brahmanical Patriarchy: A Reading of Gender Ideology in Select Novels of Women Writers in English.” Perspectives on Women Novelists in English. Ed. J. Samuel Kirubahar, A.K. Muthusamy and R. Meena. Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu: Virudhunagar Hindu Nadars’ Senthilkumara Nadar College, 2014. Print.

5) “Exile, Memory, Desire: “The Going Home Syndrome” in Bangladeshi Diaspora.” Imagin(in)g the Diaspora: Critical Responses to Asian Diasporic Art and Literature. Ed. B.S.Jamuna. Chennai: Emerald Publishers, 2014. 158-170. Print.

6) “Postcolonial Subalternity: The Parsi Predicament in Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey.” Contemporary Issues in Commonwealth Literature Eds. J. Samuel Kirubahar, and R. Selvam. Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu: Virudhunagar Hindu Nadars’ Senthilkumara Nadar College, 2014. 146-152. Print.

7) “Feste in Trinidad: Carnivalesque Laughter in Michael Antony’s King of the Masquerade.” Humour: Texts, Contexts. Eds. P.P.Ajayakumar, Lal.C.A. et al New Delhi: Creative Books, 2015. 302-311. Print.

8) “Kerala Imagined in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, Geeta Abraham Jose’s By the River Pampa I Stood and Nirmala Aravind’s A Video, a Fridge and a Bride.” Multiculturalism in Indian Tradition and Literature. Eds. Rajagopalachary and K. Damodar Rao. New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2016. 198-212. Print.

In Newspapers:
1) “Kamala Das: Many Selves, Many Tongues.” The Hindu. Friday Review. 02-14-2015. Page 3. Print and Web. <http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/kamala-das-many-selves-many-tongues/article7056859.ece&gt;

Book Published

1)“Four One Act Plays” Ed. by S. Devika and Vidya Rajagopal. (Textbook prescribed for Semester I, First Degree Programme (CBCS System)  Language Course I: Listening, Speaking and Reading (Common for B.A/BSc[EN1111.1], B.Com [EN1111.2] &2(a) [EN 1111.3]),University of Kerala (2016 admissions onwards).

Minor Research Project
1) “Development of Oral Communication Skills in English among Rural Students at the Tertiary Level – Problems and Remedies”, 2006. UGC. (Co-investigator) – completed.

MEMBER OF PEER REVIEW TEAM/ADVISORY BOARD

  • English Language Skills for Communication (TEXTBOOK FOR I DC BA/BSC/BCOM, UNIVERSITY OF KERALA Common for B.A/BSc[EN1111.1], B.Com [EN1111.2] &2(a) [EN 1111.3] Listening, Speaking and Reading) 2015 admissions onwards to
  •  THE QUEST  (HALF YEARLY JOURNAL)