Dr. Cheriyan Alexander served as Associate Professor of English and HOD of the Dept of English at St. Joseph's College from 1982 to 2018. Born in 1958, Dr. Alexander has had most of his education in Bangalore. He graduated from St. Joseph's College with a B.Sc in 1979 and went on to CMC, Vellore, where he did a PG Diploma in Medical Microbiology. Then, he shifted his academic field completely and joined MA in English at Bangalore University in 1980. After graduating, he joined St. Joseph's College as a Lecturer in 1982. He taught there for 36 years and is still associated with the college in an advisory capacity. In 1988, he earned a distinction for his M.Phil, which he did at Bangalore University as an FIP scholar. His dissertation was on the American novelist Saul Bellow. In 1998, he obtained his Ph.D from Bangalore University. His doctoral work was on Post-War Eastern European literature, particularly the effect of totalitarian political regimes on the region's literature. Dr. Alexander has written on issues of literature, culture and the arts for newspapers and magazines. He has edited a book of short stories by Bangalore writers entitled 'Many Rooms, Many Voices.' An essay of his was included in the BA English Textbook of Bangalore University, prescribed from 2002 to 2004 . He has also given several radio talks both on AIR and Gyan Vani. He has served on textbook committees of both the PU Board and Bangalore University. He has guided four research scholars for PhD. Recent publications include a paper on RK Narayan and one on the challenges of teaching English to mixed ability classes.(both 2008). He is often invited as resource person to seminars and workshops on language and literature. In 2010, he travelled extensively in the United States as a recipient of a prestigious study –cum- travel grant of the International Visitor’s Leadership Program for scholars of American Literature, sponsored by the cultural relations wing of the United States Government. Again, in October 2015, Dr. Alexander was invited to deliver a lecture in Seattle University, in the US. His much appreciated lecture was on the way the films of Satyajit Ray and the fiction of RK Narayan capture an India in transition at multiple levels. Dr. Cheriyan Alexander's first priority is to be an inspiring and stimulating teacher and he finds it fulfilling when his students come back and tell him that his classes gave them new insights not just into literature but also into many aspects of life.
In 1844, Karl Marx made his famous observation that religion was a palliative illusion which humanity would soon outgrow, once the working classes of all lands became the masters of their own destiny: Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real […]