Dr. Sanil Raj M. A., M.Phil., Ph.D


Tinu Dale, Nellikkunne Kura
Jubilee Mission P O.; Thrissur 680005



Research Area

  • American Poetry, European Drama, ELT3


  • MA in English Language and Literature (1990)
  • M Phil in English (1991)
  • B Ed in English (1994)
  • Ph D (2010) Topic of Research – “Openness as Revelation:” A Study of the Innovations in the Black Mountain Poets.

Positions held

  • Associate Professor and Research Guide, St. Thomas College, Thrissur
  • Staff Advisor, St Thomas College, Thrissur (Since 2014)
  • Fine Arts Advisor for three years


  • Dec. 1995 – Aug.1999 & July 2004 -Till Date :  Assistant Professor, Research Center and PG Dept. of English, St Thomas College, Thrissur, Kerala – 680 001.
  • Aug 2006 – May 2007: Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut (UCONN), USA.
  • Sep. 1999 – June 2004: Teacher in English, Ministry of Education, Sultanate of Oman

Honors Received

  • Secured Fulbright Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowship. (2006 – 2007).
  • Member, Modern Language Association (MLA), New York
  • Member, PG Board of Studies in English, Mahatma Gandhi University,   Kerala. (Since 11/02/2014)
  • Member, PG Board of Studies in English, St Joseph’s College (Autonomous) Irinjalakuda, Kerala.
  • Elected Staff Council Member, St Thomas’ College (Autonomous), Thrissur, Kerala.

UGC MRP 2012

  • Project Title: “The Unheard Muses: A Glance through the Less Known Post-Modern American Poetic Movements”.


  • CONSPECTUS: A Journal of English Studies. Published annually by Research Centre & PG Dept. of English, St Thomas College, Thrissur.


  • “Projective Verse: The Manifesto of the Black Mountain Poets”
  • Advances in Arts & Ideas.Vol.2, 2006. (p.22-29)
  • “Black Mountain: The Culmination of a New Culture in Education”. Advances in Arts & Ideas. Vol.4, 2008 (p.1-12)
  • “Robert Creeley and the Black Mountain Heritage”.Advances in Arts & Ideas. Vol.7, 2011 (p. 41 – 52)
  • “Robert Duncan: The Making of a Poet”. Conspectus. Vol.6, 2012 (p.29 – 44)
  • Implications of “Projectivism” in Charles Olson’s Shorter Poems. Scott Light. Vol. IV & V, 2011-2012 (49-63)
  • Unveiling the Real Self: A Quest of Identity in Kamala Das’ Poems.Conspectus. Vol.7, 2013 (p.71 – 80)
  • “Defamiliarizing the Ordinary: A Glimpse through the Poetry and Poetics of Frank O’Hara”. PURSUITS. Vol. XIII – Issue 2, August – September 2015. (p. 87-93)

Conference Papers

  • International Presentation: “Black Mountain: An Experiment in Education” at the Dept. of English, University of Connecticut, USA (1st March 2007)
  • International Presentation: “Black Mountain: An Experiment in Education” at Thomas J Dodd Research Centre, University of Connecticut, USA. (28th Feb. 2007)
  • National Seminar: Paper “Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)”was presented at St Thomas College, Thrissur. (13th March 2006)
  • Paper entitled “Black Mountain: An Experimental College of the 1950s” was presented at ShaikshanikaSammelana, the Conference organized by United States Education Foundation in India (USEFI) at Manipal, Karnataka, India. (20-22nd Nov. 2007)
  • Paper entitled “Black Mountain: A Historical and Literary Perspective” accepted for presentation at Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities at Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (11 – 14th Jan. 2008).
  • Paper entitled “Black Mountain: The Culmination of a New Culture in Education”. Accepted for presentation at the 7th International Conference on “Language, Literature and Cultural Policies” held at University of Craiova, Romania (Nov. 13 – 15, 2008).
  • International Conference on Revisiting Madhavikutty: Kamaladas: The (Self) Ordained ‘Misfit’, presented at St. Aloysius College, Elthuruth, Thrissur. (19th Oct. 2012).
  • National Seminar on Research in Higher Education: Scope and Resources. Paper entitled “Major Research Projects in Humanities and International Fellowships” presented at St Thomas College, Thrissur. (11th& 12th March 2013)
  • 2nd International English Language Teachers’ Conference 2013organised by SarvaSikshaAbhiyan& State Institute of English, Kerala: Paper entitled “English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in Theory and Practice” at KILA, Thrissur. (30th March – 1st April 2013)
  • National Conference on Socio-cultural Redemption in Comparative Literature at Sri Vasavi College, Erode, Tamil Nadu. Guest of Honour and Delivered the Keynote address. (1st Feb. 2014)


  • Inaugural Address
    • International Seminar on“Contemporary American Literature: Trends and Prospects”, organized by the Research Centre for Comparative Studies, Mercy College, Palakkad, Kerala. Presented a paper titled “Defamiliarizing the Ordinary: A Glimpse through the Poetry and Poetics of Frank O’Hara”. (21st Nov. 2014)
  • Keynote Address
    • National Conference on “Past, Present and Future: Growing Scenario in Indian English Literature” Organized by the DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH,  NANDHA ARTS AND SCIENCE COLLEGE, KOORAPALAYAM PIRIVU, ERODE- 638052. Delivered the Inaugural Address. (26th Feb. 2015) 
  • Resource Person
    • Resource Person for One Day Orientation Programme on “Strategies to Enhance English Proficiency Among Secondary and Higher Secondary School Teachers” for the Corporate Management of CSI, South Kerala Diocese.
  • Keynote Address
    • Quiz Master for Sopanam Quiz at Vimala College, Thrissur on 5th Feb 2015 and 16th March 2016.
    • Quiz Master for the State level Quiz competition conducted by St Thomas College, Thrissur on 5th March 2016. 

Delivered many invited talks and lectures both at the State and National levels.

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