Dr. MAHESH Hapugoda

Senior Lecturer

Social Sciences and Languages

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    Recent Publications

  • Books:

    Mahesh Hapugoda and Jayasiri Alawatta (2016). Zizek Studies (Sinhala Medium)Graphicare Publication. Colombo

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2013). Existentialism and Post-war Literature: Sartre, Camus and Becket. Godage Publishers. Colombo.

    Mahesh Hapugoda and Hiniduma Sunil Senevi (2010). Techno-Capitalism and Film (Sinhala Medium). Fast Publishers. Colombo.


    Ongoing Research:

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2017). Heideggerian ‘Out-of-Joint’ Situation and New Horizons in Postcolonial Literature: Interpreting the Zizekian ‘Extimacy’ in Naipaul. Sabaragamuwa University Annaul Research Conference. Kandy. Sri Lanka. 

    Iraj Ratnayake & Mahesh Hapugoda (2017). Travel in the hyper-real?  Revisiting the MacCannellian definition of ‘touristic experience’ in the digitalized era. Sabaragamuwa University Annual Research Conference. Kandy. Sri Lanka. 

    Mahesh Hapugoda & Iraj Ratnayake (2016). Is Geoffrey Bawa a Modernist? A Zizekian Critique on Bawasque Architectural Signs in Sri Lanka. 14th Asia Pacific Conference. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU). Oita. Japan. 

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2014) Symptomatic Post-independent Vulnerabilities in Transitional Societies Characterized in the Works of V.S. Naipaul, Ongoing PhD research, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, Colombo.

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2014) Virtuality and Education: Re-defining the Role of Modern Education in Transitional Societies, Working paper to be presented at the proceedings of the Conference on Applied Psychology, Colombo, Sri Lanka.


    Anandawansa, Krishanthi. & Hapugoda, Mahesh. (2017). Traversing beyond Postcolonial Identity: Symptomatic Self-annihilation in The God of Small Things as a Symbolic Failure in Roy's Politics. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences. 40(2). Pp 81-92.

    Ratnayake, Iraj. & Hapugoda, Mahesh (2017). Tourism under Military: A Critique on Land Utilization and Tourism in Postwar Sri Lanka. Sabaragamuwa University Journal. Vol. 15, No.01. Pp 18-35. 

    Hapugoda, Mahesh (2017). Theorizing Violence as an Essential  By-product of the Paradox of Modernity: Reading Inglourious Basterds. Sabaragamuwa University Journal. Vol 15 No. 01. December. Pp 50-73. 

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2015). Failures of Decolonization: Reading V.S. Naipaul. Proceedings of the International Symposium of the Royal Asiatic Society. Colombo. Sri Lanka.

    Mahesh Hapugoda and Iraj Ratnayake (2015). Land and Tourism: Land and tourism in postwar Sri Lanka: A critique on the political negligence in tourism. Proceedings in the Tropical Tourism Conference 2015, Lombok, Indonesia.

    Mahesh Hapugoda and Iraj Ratnayake (2014). Diverged Meaning of Heritage: A Critique on Visual Authenticity of the Golden Rock Temple of Dambulla, Proceedings of the Tropical Tourism Conference 2014, Kandalam, Dambulla, Sri Lanka.

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2014). Post-independent symptoms of rising authoritarianism: Analysis of the novel ‘A Bend in the River’ by V.S. Naipaul, Proceedings in the Peradeniya University International Conference (IPURSE), Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (p. 662)

    Mahesh Hapugoda and Krishanthi Anandawansa (2014). Woman beyond phallus? Analysing the symptomatic madness in Arundhati Roy’s ‘The God of Small Things’, Proceedings in the Peradeniya University International Conference (IPURSE), Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (p. 659)

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2013). Nihilistic Delirium to Chatharsis the Fantasy for a Better Word: A Historical and Literary Re-contextualization of the Musical Role of the Velvet Underground, Sabaragamuwa University Journal (ISSN 1391-3166).

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2012). Teacher as an Anonymous Moral Agent of Universal Good: Discussion on the Role of Teacher in the Short Story ‘The Morning Clouds’ by Yasunari Kawabata, Annual Symposium SLELTA, Colombo

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2012). Avoiding the meeting the Other or prolongation of the Imaginary Other: Discussion on Aravinda in Viragaya as a narcissist paranoid, (Annual Research Session) University of Colombo

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2012). Theorizing Violence as an Essential By-product of the Dialectic of Enlightenment: Reading Inglourious Basterds as an Evidence of the Paradox of Modernity, (International Symposium) University of Jaffna.

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2011). ‘The Postmodern Break’ and the De-legitimation of Modern Education: A Study on the Phenomena of ‘Auto-Modernity’ and the Validity of Future Intellectual Paradigms, Godage, Colombo. (Prof. Dayananda Somasundara Felicitation Journal: 2011)

    Mahesh Hapugoda and Hiniduma Sunil Senevi (2010). Inadequacy of Aestheticism to Comprehend Art Works after a ‘Certain Moment’ of the Human Civilization: From the Eyes of the Movie ‘Amadeus’ Sabaragamuwa University Journal (Published in Symposium Special Volume: 2010)

    Mahesh Hapugoda and Hiniduma Sunil Senevi. (2010). How to Re- Narrate the History through a Film? A Dialogue with Special Reference to the Movie The Name of the Rose, Sabaragamuwa University Journal (Published in Symposium Special Volume: 2010)

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2010). Evaluating the De-bourgeois Resistant Potential of Zero Degree Writing in The Outsider by Albert Camus. (Sabaragamuwa University Journal: 2010: P. 247-280)

    Mahesh Hapugoda and Hiniduma Sunil Senevi (2010). Mille Soya: A Depiction of Euro Centric Fantasy of the Youths in the Economic Crisis of the Underdeveloped Sri Lanka. (Published in Prof. Dayananda Somasundara Felicitation Journal: 2010)

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2010). Peace and Harmony as a Binary Oppositional Dialectic Totality: In Relation to the Movie Munich. (Published in Prof. Dayananda Somasundara Felicitation Journal: 2010)

    Mahesh Hapugoda. (2010). De-historization, Antagonism and Obscenity as the True Compulsions of the ‘Modern Project’: A Re-reading of Inglourious Busterds (Abstract published in the Symposium Proceedings in InSym 2010: P. 245)

    Mahesh Hapugoda: Myth Under-determines the True History: Re-contextualization of the Musical Role of the 'Beatles. (Sabaragamuwa University Journal: 2009: P. 101-123)

    Mahesh Hapugoda: Hippie Counterculture and Left Politics: A Literary Study on the 1950s Countercultural Movement (Abstract Published in Sabaragamuwa University Symposium Proceedings in 2009: P. 55)

    Mahesh Hapugoda: Human Subjectivity and the Rules of Civilization: A Review on the Movies 'Last Tango in Paris'. (Abstract Published in Sabaragamuwa University Symposium Proceedings in 2008: P. 354)


    Book Chapters:

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2017). The 'Fundemantalist' Paradox in Liberal Democracy: A Zizekian Reading. in 'Holistic Democracy' (ed Udaya R. Tennakoon). Writers for Democracy. Switzerland. Pp 46- 63. 

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2013) Chaplin: Critique on the appearance of the modern bourgeois project: Discussion on Chaplin’s ‘City Lights’ (Sinhala Medium) in Chaplin the Event, Mansala Kathika Kawaya, Colombo. (p 54-65).

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2013) ‘The Something’ instead of nothing is always a symptom: A review on modern Sri Lankan Rock music (Sinhala Medium) in De-hegemonizing Rock Music, Sanhida Publication, Nugegoda.


    Newspaper Articles:

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2015). Discussion on the Relevenace of Slavoj Zizek in Sri Lankan Politics. Sathhanda Weekend Newspaper. (Vol.III, IV, V, VI, VII). Sri Lanka.

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2009). Rambari: As an Expression of De-politicized Hyper-real of the Modern Youths. Published in Ravaya Weekend Newspaper, (p. 14)

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2009). State of Play: Singular Truth against the Multi-truths of Post –modernity. Published in Ravaya Weekend Newspaper, (p.14)

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2009). Word of Honor: As an Expression of Secret, Responsibility and Collectivity, Ravaya Weekend Newspaper, (p.14)

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2009). Mahinda Rajapakasha Propaganda Image: As A Narcissistic Empty Signifier, Ravaya Weekend Newspaper, (p. 10)

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2009). The Coming of General Fonseka in the Atmosphere of Post- Politics in Sri Lanka, Ravaya Weekend Newspaper (p.9)

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2010). The Existence of Mervin Silva as the Body Bearer of the Obscene Ecstasy of the Sri Lankans, Ravaya Weekend Newspaper (p.10)

    Mahesh Hapugoda (2010). Note on the Demand of Infinite Power by Rajapaksa Regime, Ravaya Weekend Newspaper (p.6)


    General Articles:


    Hapugoda, Mahesh. (2015). Education for Future Sri Lanka: Suggestions for Improvements. In EduLanka. online.

    Hapugoda, Mahesh. (2015). Enrique Iglesias, Cultural Totem and before the Begining. in Sri Lanka Guardian. (2015, Dec.). Online

    Hapugoda, Mahesh. (2017). Sex can be Mischeivious but the Truth is always Slow (Film Review on the Movie 'Blue' (2001) by Hiroshi Ando). in Sri Lanka Guardian. (2017, Dec.). 

    Hapugoda, Mahesh (2018). The Return of the Real: Reflections on the 2018 Local Government Election Results. In Sri Lanka Guardian (2018.02.12). 


    මහේෂ් හපුගොඩ (2016). ‘ඇගේ ඇස අග’:ආත්මයන් තුනක්, කතිකාවන් තුනක් පිලිබඳ පරස්පර කතිකාවක්. ත්‍රිමාණ වෙබ් අඩවිය (2016, May). online

    මහේෂ් හපුගොඩ (2015). Everest: ෆැන්ටසිය තරණය කිරීමට පෙර.   ත්‍රිමාණ වෙබ් අඩවිය (2015, November). online.

    මහේෂ් හපුගොඩ (2017). වික්ටර් රත්නායක: පැවැත්ම සහ අධ්‍යාත්මය අතර (ප්‍රති)ස්ථාපනය කිරීම…  ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගාර්ඩියන් (2017, March).

    මහේෂ් හපුගොඩ (2016). Google Sex: පශ්චාත් යුගයක බටහිර ශරීර දේශපාලනය. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගාර්ඩියන් (2016, December).

    මහේෂ් හපුගොඩ (2016). අතීතකාමය වෙනුවට නිර්-ඓතිහාසිකකරණය: ටැරන්ටිනෝගේ Inglorious Basterds කියවීමක්. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගාර්ඩියන් (2016, August).

    මහේෂ් හපුගොඩ (2016). ‘අපේ ගම’ නම් ශූද්ධ ෆැන්ටසිය තුලින් මතුවූ නො-කප්පාදු අශූද්ධ අවතාරය : ‘ඹබර වලල්ල’. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගාර්ඩියන් (2016, August).

    මහේෂ් හපුගොඩ (2016). ආසියාතික පශ්චාත්-යටත් විජිත ලෝකය සහ ස්ලෙවෝයි ජිජැක්. ත්‍රිමාණ වෙබ් අඩවිය (2016, July). online

    මහේෂ් හපුගොඩ (2016). චිත්‍රාල්, අප ස්වභාවධර්මයෙන් පුර්ණ ලෙස විගලිත වෙමුද ? ත්‍රිමාණ වෙබ් අඩවිය (2016, May).  online

    මහේෂ් හපුගොඩ (2018). 70 වන නිදහස් දිනයට ෆැනොනියානු විවේචනයක්… (2018, Feb). in

    මහේෂ් හපුගොඩ (2018).  ක්‍රිස්තියානි ආදරය ඔස්සේ වැලන්ටයින් හඳුනාගනිමු. (2018, Feb). ත්‍රිමාණ වෙබ් අඩවිය.