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Sinhala resistance literature

19 June, 2022

This companion presents a critical collection of Sinhala resistance literature from Sri Lanka. It includes translated short stories and excerpts from Sinhala novels, written during and after the war against terrorism in the country.

Featuring national award-winning writers, the selected texts share a common theme of resistance as the writers write against an exclusivist nationalism that was propagated through mass media and platforms of party politics in Sri Lanka during the battle against terrorism.

The volume addresses crucial issues such as the fate of civilians, the current education system, the role of religion in Sri Lankan polity, media censorship, and the experience of women during the conflict, as well as youth problems and politics, in present day Sri Lanka.

It highlights an alternate discourse that runs among the ethnic Sinhala group and contributes to the overall movement towards peace and reconciliation among the different ethnic communities in Sri Lanka.

A unique addition to the growing oeuvre of translated Sinhala literature, the companion will be indispensable to students, scholars and researchers of ethnic studies, war and peace studies, peace and conflict studies, literature, cultural studies, political sociology, and South Asian studies, particularly those interested in Sri Lankan literature.

Madhubhashini Disanayaka Ratnayake is a fiction writer in English and a translator. She has written three collections of short stories and one novel, winning three national literary awards - one each for her novel, a short story collection, and a translation.

She also has books on language teaching, and stories for children. Her doctoral research at Hitotsubashi University, Japan, looked at post-conflict Sri Lankan fiction in Sinhala and English.

As a Fulbrighter, she received an MA from New York University in English and American Literature with a focus on Creative Writing.

She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. She was awarded the title of ‘Kala Keerthi’ by the President of Sri Lanka in 2017.