Sporadic Striving Amid Echoed Voices, Mirrored Images And Stereotypic Posturing In Malaysian Singaporean Literatures

Let me put it this way right from the start If I had had my own way, or rather if I had been in possession of my senses or in my right mind, I would never have worked on Malaysian or Singaporean literatures The curious thing about my encounter with Malaysian Singaporean writers and intellectuals is that I was singularly unprepared to assume the roles of critic, academicLet me put it this way right from the start If I had had my own way, or rather if I had been in possession of my senses or in my right mind, I would never have worked on Malaysian or Singaporean literatures The curious thing about my encounter with Malaysian Singaporean writers and intellectuals is that I was singularly unprepared to assume the roles of critic, academic or anthologist over their productions at a time when their activity was mainly confined to the University of Malaya in Singapore And yet, paradoxically, I became just that kind of an exegete, owing to a series of wilful errors on my part Instead of choosing to settle for a career by qualifying in Singapore where the region s institutions of learning, such as, the Raffles College for the Arts or the King Edward the VIIth College of Medicine, I opted for Bar Studies at the Inns of Court School of Law in London as an external student After a series of further abetted errors , I found myself teaching English and American literature at the University of Maryland in Heidelberg in 1960 61 The university offered me a five year Fullbright to do a Ph.D in English while teaching at College Park in Maryland, but then as usual I knew better, and I quite na vely accepted a grant from the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an international cultural organisation whose siege social was in Paris, to travel and report during a tour of South and Southeast Asia It didn t occur to me then that I could have kept both, for the grant was for only a couple of months To make things even difficult for myself, I asked the cultural body representatives to whom I was introduced and recommended by the Thirties poet Stephen Spender , if they couldn t publish an anthology of writing by Malay si ans and Singaporeans They said they would try the Rockefeller Foundation for a subsidy The reply no one was interested in such a collection, not sufficiently enough to subsidise such a project The muddle head that I was made me insist that I would go it alone and on my own steam I didn t realise I was heading headlong into mainstream muddled up Malaysian politics My published doctoral dissertation Etude compar e des litt ratures nationales et ou officielles de la Malaisie et de Singapour depuis 1941, and the present volume do not therefore constitute areas of research I would have wanted to probe They are accidental fallout instituted by random circumstances Curiously, or rather not surprisingly, no Malaysian or Singaporean has ever acknowledged my contribution to this field of research And this is as it should be, I concur.
Sporadic Striving Amid Echoed Voices Mirrored Images And Stereotypic Posturing In Malaysian Singaporean Literatures Let me put it this way right from the start If I had had my own way or rather if I had been in possession of my senses or in my right mind I would never have worked on Malaysian or Singaporean liter

  • Title: Sporadic Striving Amid Echoed Voices, Mirrored Images And Stereotypic Posturing In Malaysian Singaporean Literatures
  • Author: T. Wignesan
  • ISBN: 9788182531208
  • Page: 370
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