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T.Wignesan

T. WIGNESAN: Born in Kuala Krai, Malaysia. Worked and studied from the age of 8 (short interregnum: 1946-49). Up to his twenty-first year grew up in Singapore, Port Swettenham, Klang, Sungei Rengam, Kuala Lumpur, Madras, Seremban, Kuala Lumpur; then in London, Heidelberg, West Berlin, Schwäbisch Hall, London, Madrid and Paris. 

EDUCATION: After only four years of schooling (at Batu Road School and the Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur: 1946 to 1949, dropped out in 1950), took his school and higher school certificates (Cambridge University: 1951 (Grade One, 9 subjects: School Certificate) & 1953 (5 subjects: Higher SC) and London University General Certificate of Education: 4 A-levels, 1 O-level, 1955), and read for the Bar (through self-study) at the Inns of Court School of Law, London: Certificate of Academic Standing, Bar Standards Board (1953-56); began research in Philosophy at Heidelberg Universität and Freien Universität in West Berlin (1957-58); Hispanic Studies in Madrid (1968-72): Escuela Oficial de Idiomas (3rd Year Certificates in Spanish Language, Literature and Civilization in 1969), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1970-72), and Instituto de la Cultura Hispanica (1971-72), and at the Université de Paris-VIII (Maitrise d’Enseignement d’Espagnol: 1972-73); obtained his higher doctoral degree in aesthetics from the Université de Paris-I-Panthéon-Sorbonne (Doctorat d’Etat ès lettres et sciences humaines) in March 1987 (viva at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle in June 1983 postponed sine die due to jury mishap). Distinctions in both the master’s (M.A.: Très Bien) and doctoral (magna cum laude) degrees. Won the Extraordinary Prize in Hispanic Studies at Madrid University (1971).

CAREER: Manual worker during the Second World War, and later in London and in Germany. Taught in primary and secondary schools (Mantin: St. Aloysius School, Seremban: Vivekananda English School, Chung Hwa Middle School in Malaysia (1951-53) and Colégio Claret in Madrid (1968-69). Lectured for the Commonwealth Institute, London, on South and Southeast Asia (1965) and taught courses in English, American, and Commonwealth literatures at the European Division of the University of Maryland (Instructor: 1961-62) and at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle (1981-83). Served as Research Fellow (Chargé de recherches, Titulaire, 1ère Cl.) with the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), from 1973 to 1998. Adjunct Professor of South Asian Area Studies, American Graduate School of International Relations & Diplomacy (2003-04), Arcadia University in Paris. Also earned a living in between jobs as private tutor in Malaysia, Germany, Spain (to doctors in teaching hospitals: 1967-72), and France. 

JOURNALIST with the Malay Mail (Reporter:1954) & Malayan Times (Special Correspondent:1962), and the Straits Times Press Group of Singapore as Foreign Correspondent in London: 1964-65). Editorial Writer with Guidepost (American weekly) in Madrid. Also served as a Malaysian publisher’s editor (Rayirath (Raybooks) Publications)- and representative in London (1961-64). http://www.authorsden.com/twignesan3

Other Works by the Author 

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Other Publications by the Author

Poetry

1) Tracks of a Tramp (A first collection of poems 1948-1960). Kuala Lumpur-Singapore: Rayirath Publications, 1961.  Re-pub. with an introduction by Eric MOTTRAM: Kuala Lumpur: Silverfish Books, 2015, pp. 241-287. 

2) 29 Selected Poems (On-line: http://www.stateless.freehosting.net/menupage.htm ) [Unpublished collections: “tell them i’m gone”(1983); “Declining Change” (1986); “back to background material” (1993); “longhand notes: a binding of poems” (1999); “Poems X-plus…” (2000); “Words for a Lost Sub-Continent” (2001). Partly pub. in Rama & Ravana at the Altar of Hanuman. See here below.]  

3) 915 Poems and translations in PoetrSoup.com; PomeHunter.com, PoesAbout.com, PoemsList.com, OccupyPoetry.net, BestPoems.org, etc. since May 2012. Translations from the French include poems by Pierre Emmanuel, René Etiemble and  Paul Verlaine; transl. from the Spanish: poems by Carlos Bousono and Nicanor Parra; from the Tamil: Kasi Ananthan, Bharathidasan, Bharathiyar, Oothukkadu Venkata Subbha Iyer, the Thiruk-Kural, and from the Malay: Na Tian Piet. 

Essays-Critiques, Vignettes and Short Stories

3) Disquisitions on Poïetics, in Revue de Poïétique Comparée/The Journal of Comparative Poïetics, Vol. II, N°1 (Paris), 1992, iii-79p. ISSN 0992-566X. (Bilingual: French-English)  [Also as MobiPocket eBook : 2007] 

4)  mere deaths and the mostly dead  (Collection of  Four Long & Six Short Stories) Allahabad: Cyberwit.net, 275p. 

5) Victorian (pen-in-cheek) Vignettes & Tales (not so tall) of Timmy the ( not-so-very polite) Malaya Hall Cat in London, 2000-2002. Allahabad: Cyberwit.net, 2008, xv-207p. 

6) Rama and Ravana at the Altar of Hanuman: Studies in Tamil Topics. Chennai: Institute of Asian Studies, 2006, xiii-439p.  ISBN 81-87892-32-3   Price: US$ 25 Paperback & $35 Hardback.

[ Other unpublished works: “A Study of Concubinage in the Far East” (1964); “An Anecdotal History of India” (1964); “The Malaysian Malaise: A Personal Journey out of the Maze (A Memoir of Malaysia and Singapore)” (1963: rev. 1983); “Breaking Out: A Critical Miscellany” (1999).]  

Novels

7) The Night Soil Man. Allahabad: Cyberwit.net, 2008, v-193p. .  [Available as MobiPocket eBook: 2007] [Other unpublished novels and plays: “K for Khalwat” (1968); “The Detained” (1992), and “Ice in my eyes, Smoke in yours” (2005-2006) & plays: “The Farmer’s Boy”, staged in 1953; “The Tenant in the Body” (1957); “Monsieur le Professeur” (1985)]  

Doctoral Dissertation/ Thèse de doctorat d’Etat (« State Doctorate » in French)

8-11) Etude comparée des littératures nationales et/ou officielles de la Malaisie et de Singapour depuis 1941. (Université de Paris-I-Panthéon-Sorbonne). Université de Charles de Gaulle-Lille-III:1988. 3 vols.,1086p. Microfilms. ISSN:0294-1767. Doctorat d’Etat. 87/PA01/0522.

Now available in 2 print-volumes:

Published by the Université de Charles de Gaulle-Lille–III (Atelier national de reproduction des thèses), 2007, 2 vols., 1152 pages. ISBN : 978-2-7295-6490-2. Price : 105,50 Euros. 

[Master’s Thesis in Spanish:  “Etude analytique de l’Arbol de la ciencia en tant que roman autobiographique de Pio Baroja. » Université de Paris-VIII-Vincennes, 1973, 112p. Dépôt legal, Bibliothèque nationale, Paris.]

Edited Anthologies

12) Editor. Bunga Emas: An Anthology of Contemporary Malaysian Literature, 1930-1963. London: AB & Rayirath (Raybooks) Publications,    1964, 272 pages. 

BUNGA EMAS & Tracks of a Tramp. Rev. & Augmented. Kuala Lumpur: Silverfish Books, 2015, 287p. ISBN 978-983-3221-49-3-  

13) Guest Editor. Journal of the Institute of Asian Studies, Vol. XVII, n° 2 (Chennai, India: Institute of Asian Studies), Special Issue: Millennium Number – March 2000, xii- 174 pages. 

14) Co-Editor. Fire Readings: A Collection of Contemporary Writing  from the Shakespeare & Company Fire Benefit Readings, Boston-Paris: Frank Books, 1991, 198 pages. ISBN 2-908171-07-4. 

15) Young Commonwealth Poets ’65 (Malaysia section Editor: Heinemann, London, 1965); 

Journals (Founder-Editor)

16-17) Revue de Poïétique Comparée/The Journal of Comparative Poïetics, Vol.I, N°1(1989/90); N°2&3(1991), Vol. II, N°1(1992). ISSN 0992-566X. (Bi-lingual: French-English)

18-22)

The Asianists’ Asia (A Magazine Site for Asianophone Countries), Vol. 1 (Paris), 2000; Vol. 2 (Paris), 2001; Asianists’ Asia Supplement, 2001; Vol. 3  (Paris) 2004; Vol. 5 (Paris), 2005. ISSN 1298-0358 

Other Cyberwit books by the author

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POIETICS: Disquisitions on the Art of Creation. Allahabad: Cyberwit.net, 2008, 214 p.  ISBN: 978- 81-8253-104-8    

Victorian (pen-in-cheek) Vignettes Tales (not so tall) of Timmy, the (not so very polite) Malaya Hall Cat in London. Allahabad: Cyberwit.net, 2008, xv-207 p.  ISBN 978-81-8253-107-9  

Rama and Ravana at the Altar of Hanuman: On Tamils, Tamil Literature and Tamil Culture.  Allahabad: Cyberwit.net,  2008, xiv-750 p. ISBN: 978-81-8253-  

Sporadic Striving amid Echoed Voices, Mirrored Images & Stereotypic Posturing in Malaysian-Singaporean Literatures. Allahabad: Cyberwit.net, 2008, xix-244, p.  ISBN 978-81-8253-120-8       

The Night Soil Man. (A Novel).  Allahabad: Cyberwit.net, 2008,  v-193p.   ISBN 978-81-8253-124-6.  

mere deaths and the mostly dead. (Short story collection). Allahabad: Cyberwit.net, 2008, v-175p.ISBN 978-81-8253-122-2. 

The Asianists’ ASIA, Vol. V (Special Edition). Allahabad; Cyberwit.net, 2009, xii-185p. ISBN 978-81-8253-138-3. 

…the smell of piss an’ shit in his pants (The vicarious memoir of a Vietnam War veteran).  Allahabad: Cyberwit.net, 2015, 120p. 

Blind Man’s Lantern. Poems that lash out, mock and rip into the dark. Allahabad: Cyberwit.net, 2015, 887p. 

Ice in my Eyes Smoke in Yours. (novel). Allahabad: cyberwit.net, 2016, p. 

An anthology of contemporary Malaysian-Singaporean Literatures: 

Bunga Emas & Tracks of a Tramp. Kuala Lumpur: Silverfish Books, 2014, 2nd edn., rev., 287p.

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Books By T.Wignesan

The Asianists' Asia

The Asianists' Asia
T.Wignesan
ISBN: 978-81-8253-138-3
Books

$12

mere deaths and the mostly dead:

mere deaths and the mostly dead:
T.Wignesan
ISBN: 978-81-8253-122-2
Fiction

$20

The Night Soil Man (NOVEL)

The Night Soil Man (NOVEL)
T.Wignesan
ISBN: 9788182531246
Fiction

$20

Sporadic Striving amid Echoed Voices

Sporadic Striving amid Echoed Voices
T.Wignesan
ISBN: 978-81-8253-120-8
Books

$20

Rama and Ravana at the Altar of Hanuman

Rama and Ravana at the Altar of Hanuman
T.Wignesan
ISBN: 978-81-8253-100-0
Literature & Fiction

$25

Victorian (pen-in-cheek) Vignettes...

Victorian (pen-in-cheek) Vignettes...
T.Wignesan
ISBN: 978-81-8253-107-9
Books

$20

POIETICS: Disquisitions on the Art of Creation

POIETICS: Disquisitions on the Art of Creation
T.Wignesan
ISBN: 978-81-8253-104-8
Books

$20

the smell of piss an' shit in his pants

the smell of piss an' shit in his pants
T.Wignesan
ISBN: 9788182535886
Poetry

$12

Ice in my Eyes Smoke in Yours

Ice in my Eyes Smoke in Yours
T.Wignesan
ISBN: 9789385945366
Literature & Fiction

$40

The Thiruk-Kural of Thiru-Valluvar

The Thiruk-Kural of Thiru-Valluvar
T. Wignesan
ISBN: 9789386653468
Fiction

$15