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Mr. Samuel Rufus, S

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Rufus ProfileEducation
M.A., UGC-NET

Teaching

Mr. Samuel Rufus started his career as Lecturer with the American College, Madurai, and later joined Madras Christian College in the year 2003.  His areas of interest are English Language Teaching, Communication Skills, Postcolonial Studies, Literary Theory and Criticism.

The courses that he presently offers are: Prosody and Rhetoric, Victorian Fiction, Postcolonial Studies, Literary Criticism, etc.


 Research
Mr.Rufus is pursuing his doctoral research since 2009 in the field of Postcolonialism.

Conferences/Workshops/Presentations

  • Participated in the 35th Annual Conference of English Language Teachers’ Association of India, at Anna University, Chennai, on 06, 07 February 2004.
  • Participated in the Two-Day National Conference on Current Theories and their Impact on Teaching of Literature at St.Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Trichy, on 9, 10 February 2005.
  • Participated in the six-day workshop on “Literature Teaching: Creative Ways” organised by the British Council, British Council Division, Chennai, from 4 – 9 July 2005.
  • Participated in the Regional Seminar on ‘Materials for Teaching English at the Tertiary Level in Global Environment,’ organised by the English Language Teachers’ Association of India, at Loyola College, Chennai, on 17 December 2005.
  • Participated in a One-day Workshop on “Teaching Speaking Skills” organised by the British Council Division, Chennai on 02 November 2006.
  • Presented a Paper at the National Seminar on “The Legacy of Saussure and Contemporary Indian Experience,” jointly organised by Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, Punjab, and Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, from February 09-11, 2007.
  • Presented a Paper at the State-level Seminar on “Ecocentrism: A New Vision,” titled “Song, Spirit and the Life-force in Trees with reference to Frazer’s The Golden Bough, on 17 February 2007, at St.John’s College, Palayamkottai, on 17 February 2007.
  • Presented a Paper at the UGC Sponsored National Seminar on “Nature in Literature” titled “Nature vs Nurture – A Study of Frazer’s The Golden Bough, conducted by the Department of English, Bishop Heber College (Autonomous), Trichy, in association with OSLE-India, on 12 December 2007.
  • Presented a Paper at the Two-day International Seminar on ‘Culture, Globalisation and the Ethics of the Humanities,’ titled, “A Thematic Study of ‘the Other’ in Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy,” organised by the Postgraduate and Research Department of English, St.Berchmans College, Changanassery on 09, 10 July 2009.
  • Participated in the Business English Certificate – Teacher Support Programme conducted by the British Council Division, Chennai, from 03 – 05 August 2010.
  • Presented a Paper at the National Seminar on “Voices from the New Millennium Writers” at Sarah Tucker College (Autonomous), Tirunelveli, on 30 September 2010.
  • Presented a Paper and Chaired a Session at the UGC Sponsored One-day Seminar on “Indian Immigrant Writers in America,” titled “A Thematic Study of Transculturation and Multi-rootedness in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines in Madura College, Madurai, on 08 October 2010.
  • Presented a Paper at a National Level Seminar on “The Inner Vision: Psychological Insights in Contemporary Literature,” conducted by Nirmala College for Women (Autonomous), Coimbatore, on 06 January 2011.
  • Participated in the UGC-Sponsored two-day workshop on Research Methodology organized by The Gandhigram Rural Institute-Deemed University, Gandhigram, on 27, 28 September 2011.
  • Presented a paper on “From Melting Pot to Ethnic Stew: An Analysis of the Fluidity of Ethnic Identity in Langston Hughes’ “Theme for English B”” at the Two-day International Seminar on Cultural Studies: A Literary / Linguistic Approach, at Quaid-E-Millath Govt. College for Women (Autonomous), Chennai, on 9, 10 January 2012.
  • Presented a Paper on “Re-placing English: Hybridity as Strategy of Abrogation – A Postcolonial Reading of David Dabydeen’s “Two Cultures” at the UGC Sponsored National Level Seminar on Postcolonial Literature organized by the Department of English, The Madura College, Madurai on 11 January 2012.
  • Presented a Paper on “Tree Spirits and the Laboratory of Nature: A Case for Environmental Sustainability in Frazer’s The Golden Bough” at the International Conference on Science, Society and Sustainability, organized by Lady Doak College, Madurai, on 12 January 2012.
  • Participated in the three day National Conference on Indian Higher Education: Contemporary Challenges and Perspectives, organised by Madras Christian College, Tambaram, Chennai from 23 – 25 July 2012.
  • Presented a Paper on “A Postcolonial Critique of Mainstream Cultures in James Frazer’s The Golden Bough” at the International Conference on Ethnicity, Identity and Literature, organized by Sibsagar College, Joysagar, Assam from 11 to 14 October 2012.
  • Presented a Paper on “Contesting Epistemological Dependency: A Postcolonial Critique of Margaret Atwood’s Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature” at National College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli, on 02 February 2013.
  • Presented a Paper at the Two-day UGC-Sponsored National Seminar on Indian English Fiction of the New Millennium, on “Towards a Poetics for Third World Feminism: A Postcolonial Critique of Anita Desai’s Fasting, Feasting” at The Gandhigram Rural Institute – Deemed University, Gandhigram, on 11, 12 February 2013.
  • Presented a Paper on “Environmental Ethics and the Worship of the Woods: A Study of the Vibrant Ecology in James Frazer’s The Golden Bough” at the International Seminar on Threshold 2013: Changing Ethical Perceptions in Literature, Society and Politics, conducted by the Department of English, Meenakshi College for Women (Autonomous), Kodambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, on 18 February 2013.
  • Presented a Paper on “The Metaphor of the Land in Contextualising Aboriginal Identity: A Cultural Critique of Oddgeroo Noonuccal’s “We Are Going””, at the UGC Sponsored National Conference, organised by the Department of English, V.O.C. College, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu on 07, 08 March 2013.
  • Presented a Paper on “Contesting Patriarchal Paradigm through an Indigenised Template: A Postcolonial Critique of the Existential Angst of the Third World Women in Kamala Das’s “An Introduction” at the two-day International Conference on “Post-modernism and Progressive India: Literary Articulations and Non-Literary Interventions” at Garden City College, Bangalore on 22, 23 March 2013.
  • Presented a Paper titled “Celebrating Postcolonial Aura in Patrick Fernando’s ‘The Fisherman Mourned by His Wife’” at the Two-day National Seminar on “Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis: The Scope of Postcolonial Theory and Literature” organised by the Department of English, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Palayamkottai, on 2 & 3 September 2013.
  • Participated in the UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Indian Writing in English, conducted by Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, Madurai, on 28 September 2013.
  • Participated in the Two-day National Seminar on Indian Women Writers in English, conducted by Stella Maris College, Chennai, on 29, 30 November 2013.
  • Presented a Paper titled, “A Social Feminist Reading of Sudha Murty’s “Stove Bursts or Dowry Deaths?” in the Two-day National Seminar on “Writing the Feminine: Contemporary Cross-Cultural Women Writers”, conducted by the Department of English, St.Mary’s College (Autonomous), Thoothukudi, in collaboration with Department of English, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, on 10, 11 January 2014.
  • Presented a Paper titled, “Environmental Racism as Strategy: A Postcolonial Ecocritical Reading of Frazer’s The Golden Bough, in the Two-day National Seminar on “Ecological Orientations in Literature and Arts”, organised by the Department of English and Languages, Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, on 20, 21 February 2014.
  • Participated in the UGC Sponsored Three Day Symposium on “New Vistas of Research in English Studies”, conducted by the PG & Research Department of English, National College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, from 6 to 8 March 2014.

 Resource Person/ Guest Lectures

  • Conducted a One-day workshop for the Teaching Staff of Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School, Chennai, on Modern Methodologies in English Language Teaching, on 11 December 2007.
  • Conducted a One-day workshop for the teaching staff of SSKV Higher Secondary School, Kanchipuram, on 29 May 2010.
  • Conducted a ten-day workshop on Communication Skills for the Undergraduate students of Idhaya College of Arts and Science for Women, Puducherry, from 01 June to 11 June 2011.
  • Resource Person for a Two-day Guest Lecture programme titled ‘Shakespeare Fiesta’ organized by the Department of English, Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode, on 25, 26 August 2011.
  • Resource Person for a One-day Workshop on Preparation for NET/SLET Exams for College teachers, at Bishop Heber College (Autonomous), Trichy, on 25 February 2012.
  • Delivered a talk on “Language and the Media” at Mediascape ’12, organized by the Department of Journalism, Madras Christian College, on 13 March 2012.
  • Delivered a talk on “Teacher Motivation and Commitment” at the Valedictory Programme of The English Association, Meston College of Education, Chennai, on 29 March 2012.
  • Resource Person for the UGC-Sponsored Refresher Course conducted by the Academic Staff College, University of Madras, on 05 September 2012.
  • Resource Person for a One-day Workshop on Creative Writing conducted by Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai on 07 October 2012.
  • Resource Person for a Three-Weekend Workshop for NET/SLET aspirants organised by the Students’ Services Centre and the PG & Research Department of English, Bishop Heber College, Trichy in November 2012.
  • Conducted a One-day Orientation-cum-Workshop on “Communication Skills inside and outside the Language Classroom” for the teachers of Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Selaiyur, Chennai on Friday, 24 May 2013.
  • Conducted an Orientation course on “Communication Skills” for the English Teachers of The PSSB Millennium School, Gerugambakkam Campus, Chennai, in the forenoon session on 05 June 2013.
  • Conducted an Orientation-cum-Workshop on “Teaching Methodologies in the Language Classroom” for the English Teachers of Pon Vidhyashram, Valasarawakkam, Chennai, in the afternoon session on 05 June 2013.
  • Conducted a Workshop on Communication Skills for the BCom/BA English Literature Undergraduate students of Idhaya College of Arts and Science for Women, Puducherry, 06 July 2013.
  • Panelist on the Panel Discussion titled “Strategies to Tease out LSRW Skills Testing” in the Two - Day National Conference on “Instructional Methods and Materials for Outcome-Based Education in English Language Teaching,” conducted by the Department of English, B.S.Abdur Rahman University, Chennai – 48, on 11 October 2013.

 Publications

  • “A Postcolonial Critique of ‘First World’ Feminism and ‘Third World’ Women in Nirmala Deshpande’s short story “Mary Had a Little Lamb””, in Eclectic Representations, a peer-reviewed Journal published by the Department of English, Madras Christian College, Chennai.   
  • “From Melting Pot to Ethnic Stew: An Analysis of the Fluidity of Ethnic Identity in Langston Hughes’ “Theme for English B”” in Cultural Studies: A Literary/Linguistic Approach, published by the Department of English, Quaid-E-Millath Govt. College for Women (Autonomous), Chennai, January 2012. 20
  • “Re-placing English: Hybridity as Strategy of Abrogation – A Postcolonial Reading of David Dabydeen’s “Two Cultures” in Post Colonial Literatures: Multiple Perspectives, published by The Madura College, Madurai, August 2012. 165 – 173.
  • “Third Theatre as Synthetic Theatre: A Postcolonial Critique of Badal Sircar’s “Indian History Made Easy””, in Dramatic Discourses, published by VHNSN College, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, February 2012. 40
  • “Dickens’ Women: From Paragons to Vixens” in Cuckoo, (Dickens’ Anniversary Special Issue), a journal from the Department of English, V.O.C College, Tuticorin, February 2012. 50
  • “A Postcolonial Critique of Mainstream Cultures in James Frazer’s The Golden Bough” in the Seminar Volume published by the Sibsagar College, Joysagar, Assam, October 2012. 60
  • “Environmental Ethics and the Worship of the Woods: A Study of the Vibrant Ecology in James Frazer’s The Golden Bough”, in the Seminar Volume published by Meenakshi College for Women, Kodambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, February 2013.
  • “A Farm Boy in Far-away China”. Cuckoo. International Literary Magazine. Department of English, V.O.C.College, Tuticorin, January 2013. 6-13.
  • “The Metaphor of the Caged Bird and the Myth of the Melting Pot: The Fluidity of Ethnic Identity in Dunbar’s “Sympathy” and Langston Hughes’ “Theme for English B”: A Comparative Study”, published in Luminaire, a Refereed Journal of the Department of Languages, Garden City College, Bangalore, Karnataka, March 2013.  30-35.
  • Celebrating Postcolonial Aura in Patrick Fernando’s “The Fisherman Mourned by His Wife”, in Interdisciplinary Research Journal for Humanities, published by St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu. December 2013. 74-80
  • Environmental Racism as Strategy: A Postcolonial Ecocritical Reading of James Frazer’s The Golden Bough, in Down to Earth: Ecological Orientations in Literature and Arts, published by Department of English and Languages, Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Kochi, February 2014. 111 - 15

 Positions

  • Member, Board of Studies, Bishop Heber College (Autonomous), Trichy from 2004 – 2007.
  • Founder Managing Editor, Eclectic Representations, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal from the Department of English, Madras Christian College, Chennai
  • Editor of Cornucopia, a students’ journal devoted to honing the creative vibes of college students of Madras Christian College.
  • Member, Board of Studies, Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirappalli (2004 – 2007).
  • Member, Board of Examiners, Women’s Christian College, Chennai.
  • Member, Board of Examiners, Theivanai Ammal College for Women, Villupuram.
  • Cambridge University Certified Examiner for Business English Certificate (All Levels).

Contact
Email: rufusonline@gmail.com
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