E ISSN: 2583-049X

International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies

Volume 3, Issue 4, 2023

Exploring the Dynamics of Cultural Identity in Sri Lankan English Literature: A Comparative Study of Sinhalese and Tamil Perspectives

Author(s): Sivarasakumar Rushanthan, Saraniya Rushanthan


This research study delves into the intricate dynamics of cultural identity within the realm of Sri Lankan English literature, focusing on a comparative analysis of Sinhalese and Tamil perspectives. By examining a diverse range of literary works, this study aims to unravel the complex negotiation of cultural identity in the Sri Lankan context, shedding light on the interplay between individual, communal, and national identities.

Drawing upon postcolonial theory, cultural studies, and literary analysis, this research investigates the construction and expression of cultural identities within Sri Lankan English literature. It explores how Sinhalese and Tamil authors portray and negotiate cultural identities, considering the influences of language, history, heritage, rituals, traditions, and socio-political contexts. The representation of intercultural exchanges, tensions, and conflicts within the narratives is also examined, emphasizing their impact on the negotiation and development of a shared Sri Lankan identity.

Moreover, this study explores the representation of diasporic experiences and transnational identities, highlighting the voices and perspectives of the Sinhalese and Tamil communities living outside Sri Lanka. Gender and intersectionality are considered in relation to cultural identity, analyzing the experiences of women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and marginalized communities within the broader context of cultural negotiations.
Situated within postcolonial contexts, this research investigates the responses of Sri Lankan English literature to the legacies of colonialism, the struggle for independence, and the resilience of cultural identities. It examines the narrative techniques, literary devices, and stylistic choices employed by Sinhalese and Tamil authors to effectively portray and convey cultural identities.

Through an in-depth analysis of primary sources, including novels, short stories, poems, plays, and memoirs, alongside secondary sources, such as scholarly articles, critical texts, and cultural commentaries, this research offers a comprehensive exploration of the dynamics of cultural identity in Sri Lankan English literature.

By undertaking a comparative study of Sinhalese and Tamil perspectives, this research aims to contribute to broader discussions on cultural identity formation and representation in postcolonial literature. It provides valuable insights into the complexities of cultural negotiations, intercultural dynamics, and the representation of identity within the Sri Lankan context.

Keywords: Sri Lankan English Literature, Cultural Identity, Comparative Analysis, Sinhalese, Tamil, Postcolonialism, Intercultural Dynamics, Diaspora, Gender, Narrative Techniques

Pages: 600-604

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