OTTO CHRISTOPH STEINMAYER
Curriculum VitaePersonal Particulars
Malaysian Ministry of
My Æsthetic Side
You who now see this page after following a link given on one of my
brief, "official" CVs I welcome for having come, I assume, after your
interest and curiousity was piqued. It is not every day that one
finds a classical scholar living in Borneo! Because you are here
voluntarily, I decided in writing this that I was under no pressure to
be brief. On the contrary, you may be a person who would like to
know as much about me as possible, and by sparing details I might
disappoint you. Read this as you please. For those who
might like more informal information, in this democratic age of the
internet, I am compiling a "FAQ" page
about myself. Click Here for my FAQs.
P. O. Box 13
94500 Lundu, Sarawak
Date of Birth: March 1956
Place of Birth: New Britain, Connecticut, USA
Status: Married, with one child. (See also my family page)
- Ph.D., 1985, Classical Languages and Literature. Dissertation A Glossary of Terms Referring to Music in Greek
Literature Before 400 B.C. Supervisor, Prof. John Herington. Abstract
Amherst College, B.A., 1978. Awarded combined senior Latin and
The Hotchkiss School, 1971-1974. Awarded combined senior Latin,
Greek, and Music prizes.
Indian Mountain School 1969-1971. [Here is where I started
- The preservation and
transmission of Latin and ancient Greek
languages and literature, with the aim of helping full enjoyment of
- Ancient Greek music.
- General philology, literature and language, and comparative
ethnography as a way to understand literature and life.
- Sanskrit, for itself and as an essential for understanding
- 17th and 18th c. English literature.
- Borneo (esp. Iban)
language, literature, culture.
- Universiti Malaya, Associate Professor (visiting), Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 2009 - 2011. Details.
- Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Institute of East Asian Studies
(IEAS), Research Fellow, 1997 to 2003.
- Universiti Malaya, lecturer, English Department, Dec. 1988 to
- Yale University, lecturer, Aug 1987 to June 1988.
- Vassar College, visiting ass't professor, Oct to Dec 1986.
- Yale University, teaching assistant, fall 1983 to fall 1985.
Hotchkiss School , Master of Violin, Sept 1979 to Dec 1980.
Books, and also in Arion, Borneo Research
Bulletin, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Classical Bulletin, Journal of
Journal of the Royal
Asiatic Society Malaysian Branch, New Straits Times, Sarawak Gazette,
Museum Journal, Times Literary Supplement.
[I have also acted as scribe and typed up many texts,
otherwise hard to get, (e.g. Maximianus) and posted them on the
Internet, on the Philological Museum website, the Latin Library, as
well as on my own Ikanlundu.]
For complete list of publications, please click on this
- "The Myth of Orpheus." The British Council, Kuala Lumpur, 29
January 2007. In connection with the performance of the
audience-interactive play Don't Look Back by Tristan
- "The Nature of Greek Myth," Omicron Learning Circle, Kuala
June 2003 [See notice at http://thefreemedia.com/index.php/articles/2979]
- "Montaigne" Sarawak State Library, August 2001
- "The English Language," lecture/seminar in Betong, Sarawak
sponsored by the Sarawak State Department of Education. July 2001.
- "The Unfashionable Iban: the Sebuyau Iban of Lundu." Institute of
East Asian Studies, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, colloquium, 18
"Classic Problems, Classic Solutions" Malaysian Area Commonwealth
Language and Literature Society (MACLALS), Universiti Malaya, December
- "Poetry in English Teaching and Learning" talk to the Curriculum
Development Board, Malaysian Ministry of Education, Kuala Lumpur. 1992.
- Universiti Malaya English department colloquia on rasa theory, music and poetry in
18th century England, and
other subjects, 1989-1996.
- "Ancient Greek Music, an Overview" University of Pennsylvania
Music Dept. colloquium, April 1988.
- "The Spirit of Tragedy from the Rebirth of Music" Yale University
Classics Department Symposium, March 1988.
- Preparation of questions for Sijil Tinggi Periksaan Malaysia
Malaysian Examination Certificate, equivalent to British "A" levels)
literature papers and marking of the same, 1989 to 1995.
I founded and moderate the
BORNEO-LIST, in response to a request by scholars at a conference in
2005. This list is intended to be a resource for Borneo news,
for scholarly exchange and anything else, serious or not, to do with
Borneo. The URL is http://ikanlundu.com/mailman/listinfo/borneo-l_ikanlundu.com
and the archives reside at http://ikanlundu.com/pipermail/borneo-l_ikanlundu.com
I have also tried to contribute to the commonwealth of the internet by
posting a page on Lundu, where I live now, and by typing up and posting
texts of interest (especially to classicists) that otherwise would be
difficult to find. I have also posted some
All this I have done for the pleasure of doing it, and I hope also for
the reader's information and pleasure. Here's my homepage URL
My Æsthetic side
- Studied violin from the age of eight to 23, and specialized in
Baroque violin when the Early Music first got started. Attended
the first Aston Magna Academy and enjoyed a few
lessons with the distinguished baroque violinist Jaap Schröder at
the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
(Switzerland), 1978. Later, got as far as semi-pro level, and
with the Castle Hill Festival, the Five-College Baroque Festival, and
the Yale Collegium Musicum. Other performances here and there
(including in Malaysia) too many to mention. Have also composed a
good deal of music in Baroque style. One of my suites (handed
around in MS) was mistaken for an 18th century composition and
performed at the 1988 Santa Cruz Baroque Festival.
- In Connecticut was a menber of the Wesleyan University Javanese
Gamelan, and at Yale I was a founder-member of the Balinese gamelan Sekar
Kembar, Michael Tenzer,
- Music Director, New York Greek Drama Company, 1984-85.
- Winner of the Yale Classics Dept. Reading Contest, 1983, for
which I wrote
and sang music for poems of Anacreon and Sappho, accompanying myself on
a lyre I made.
- Lundu is a small town, and I have my one musical outlet in
playing the organ at Christ Church (founded 1855).
- Have published poems and translations in Yale student literary
magazines and elsewhere (one poem in the Yale Daily News). Enjoy
writing verse and prose in Latin and Greek.
- Performed in Sophocles' Ajax and Antigone , in
ancient Greek and directed by Rachel Kitzinger, at Amherst
College, 1976 and 1977.
- Directed music (including composing original music) for two
productions of Shakespeare (The Tempest
, and The Merchant of Venice ) Amherst College, 1976 and 1977.
- Proficient at professional level in Latin and ancient
Greek. Able to write prose and verse in Latin and Greek.
- Good grasp of Sanskrit; studied with Alexander Lehrmann and
Stanley Insler at Yale after doctorate.
- Speak Iban (a tribal language of Sarawak) fluently. Read
French easily, speak it haltingly. Read
German with dictionary and speak very little. I read Malay,
Malay. Good practical
acquaintance with other European and Asian languages. I can use
the Chinese dictionary. English is very dear to me, and I am
profoundly concerned about its use and abuse.
Dr. Sharifah Aishah Osman, Head
Department of English
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 - 79675505
Fax: 603 - 79595456
Prof. Dr. Carol Elizabeth Leon
Prof. Dr. Susan Philip
also Dept. of English, Universiti Malaya
R. K. Dentan
Professor Emeritus [SUNY/Univ. Buffalo]
318 Beard Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214-1710 USA
Prof. Victor Bers
Department of Classics
New Haven, CT 06520-8266
Office phone: (203) 432-0988
Office fax: (203) 432-1079
[Prof. Lim Chee Seng---my good friend---died February 2011. Most of my older referees are no
longer on this earth.]