Dr. K. Ganesh

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M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D

Dr. K. Ganesh has been teaching in Madras Christian College since 1985. His area of interest is Theatre – both Oriental and Occidental. He offers a paper called Indian Theatre, Metatheater and Perception for the II MA students as an optional paper, which aims at making the students understand Classical Indian Nataka in the light of classical and modern criticism. The other papers he teaches are: Indian Literature in English, Myth and Literature, Shakespearean Criticism, and English Studies in India.

Field of Specialization
Metadrama in both Oriental and Occidental Traditions
Teaching and Research Interests
  • Theatres of the World
  • Film Studies
  • Literature, Ecology and Development
  • Critical Theory
  • English Studies in India and India Studies
  • Shakespeare in Diverse Contexts
  • Travel Writing and Postcolonialism
  • Gender and Spirituality 

Research Experience
  • Supervising M. Phil dissertations since 1992
  • At present guiding ten candidates from the University of Madras on their Doctoral Dissertation  

Professional Affiliations


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Member – Board of Examiners

Stella Maris College, Chennai

Loyola College, Chennai

Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai


Member – Scrutiny Board

SNDT Vaishnav College For Women, Chromepet , Chennai

Ethiraj College For Women, Chennai


 Founder Member

Eclectic Representations – A Bi-Annual Journal of the Department of English - ISSN 2231-430X


Reviewer – Kamala Das: Critical Perspectives Ed. Devindra Kohli, Pencraft International, New Delhi

for Kavya Bharati (KB 24) A Journal by SCILET, American College, Madurai


Member, Board of Referees

Luminaire, A Refereed Journal of the Department of Languages, Garden City College, Bangalore 


Guest Lectures delivered since 2012

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Classical Indian Nataka and Advaita Vedanta

Department of Philosophy, Madras Christian College

21 January 2012


The Multitudinousness of Hamlet

Stella Maris College, Chennai

7  February 2012


Research Possibilities in Critical Theories and Practices

Mahalakshmi College, Thoothukudi

10 February 2012


Literature: Diverse Perspectives

Hindustan College of Engineering, Chennai

16 February 2012


The Tempest as Metadrama

Stella Maris College, Chennai

24 February 2012


Literature: Its Relevance and Purpose

SRM Arts And Science, College

1 March 2012


Indian Writing in English:  Shifting Paradigms

Periyar University, Salem

7  March 2012


Valedictory Address: Tribal Literatures as Subjugated Knowledges

National Conference on Tribal Literature: Across Continents and Cultures, VOC College, Thoothukudi

8 March 2013


Theme talk : “Drama: Text and Context”

Curtain Calls, A One-Day Theatre Festival, Department of English, University of Madras

15 March 2013


Science and Sensibility

SRM University, Chennai

22 August 2013


Wandering Literature: Writing in Search of a Homeland

St. Xaviers’ College, Palayamkottai

3 September 2013


Narrating The Nation : Indian Writing in English to India Studies

Refresher Programme,

University of Madras

10 September 2013


Literary Research: Facets and Frames 

MGR University, Chennai

11 September 2013


Consciousness Fragmented or Synthesized : A Study of Indian Diaspora Literature and Criticism

for students of Davidson College, North Carolina (on an Exchange Programme at Madras Christian College)

25 September 2013


Women’s Writing in India: Terrains and Trajectories —

National Seminar on Writing the Feminine : Contemporary Cross-Cultural Women Writers 

St Mary’s College, Thoothukudi

10 and 11 January 2014


Culture Studies and India

for students of Elmhurst College, Illinois (on an Exchange Programme at

Madras Christian College)

15 January 2014


Indian English Literature:  Shifting Terrains

Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, Madurai

28 September 2013


Literary Research: Changing Phases

Workshop on Research Methodology for Social Sciences, Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai

5 February 2014


Theatre as Multimedial Narrative

Metadrama as Perception

The Indian Nataka Tradition:  An Overview

Lady Doak College,


20 and 21 February 2014


Literature and Films – An Interface

Plenary Session,

UGC Sponsored Three Day Symposium on New Vistas of Research in English Studies

Department of English, National College, Trichy

7 March 2014


Byzantium – Opera House –Inaugural Speech

A.M. Jain College, Chennai

10 March 2014



  • “Soliloquy Metadramatised: A Re-Visioning of “To Be or Not to Be” – Eclectic Representations Vol. 1 Issue1, Department of English, Madras Christian College, ISSN 2231-430X
  • “Fire and the Rain as Metadrama” – Akshara, International Annual Research Journal of Creative and Critical Writing in English, Vol. 2, April 2006 No: 2, D. G. Vaishnav College, Chennai
  • “Psychology as Metadrama in Abhijnana-Sakuntalam” – Knowledge Economy, a Journal of Shahshun Jain College, Chennai
  • “Three Epilogues in The Tempest: A Study of the Play’s Metadramatic Structure”  – The Journal for English Language and Literary Studies Vol. II Issue 1ISSN 2249-216X (online journal)
  • “Appropriating Narration: A Study of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions” – UGC Sponsored National Seminar Indian English Fiction of the New Millennium, Gandhigram Rural University, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu
  • “Performance as Theory: Sivaji Ganesan’s ‘Method’ of Acting”–College Magazine, Madras Christian College, 2014

Responsibilities Held in College

  • Was  President of the English Association from 2007 to 2013
  • Was involved in initiating
    • Ludic, a forum for Film Appreciation
    • Cornucopia, a Journal for students of Madras Christian College to express themselves creatively
    • Incisive Insights, a Journal for students of the Department of English  to showcase their critical sensibilities
  • Was a Member of the Core Committee that organized a One–day UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Post-Independence Indian Writing In English: Evolving Identities on 12 March 2012
  • Was a Member of the Core Committee that organized a Two–day UGC Sponsored International Seminar on ELT in the Context of a Globalised World on 31 January, 01 February 2013
  • Was a Member of the College Cricket Team from 1985 to 1995


Email: ganeshmcckrish@gmail.com
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