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Literature Guide: Southeast Asia

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WCIU Journal: Area Studies Topic

August 6, 2019

Compiled by Timothy Skinner, MLS

Library of Congress Classification:

DS  Asian history                              

DS 520 – DS 689  Southeast Asian history

Dewey Decimal Classification:

950  Asian history                              

959  Southeast Asian history

 Library of Congress Subject Headings:

Art, Southeast Asian              

Asia, Southeastern                             

Authors, Southeast Asian

Bahnar literature                     

Black Tai literature                             

Coins, Southeast Asian

Cookery, Southeast Asian      


Folk literature, Southeast Asian

Hani literature                         

Hmong literature                                

Hoabinhian culture     


Khmu’ literature                                 

Lahu literature            

Malayan literature                   

Miao-Yao languages                          

Painting, Southeast Asian

Pali literature                                                                                      

Philosophy, Southeast Asian

Revolutionary literature, Southeast Asian                              

Southeast Asian Americans                                                   

Southeast Asianists                

Tai literature                           

White Tai literature                 

Yao literature (Southeast Asia)


Borneo Research Bulletin                   

Crossroads: Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

Journal of Southeast Asian History                           

Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

Journal of the Siam Society                                         

Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science

Southeast Asian Review                                              

Vietnamese Studies

Reference Works:

Garland Encyclopedia of Music. Vol. 4: Southeast Asia (1998)

Historical Dictionary of Ancient Southeast Asia (2006)

Historical Dictionary of United States – Southeast Asian Relations (2008)

Lonely Planet Southeast Asia Phrasebook and Dictionary (2018)

Religion in Southeast Asia: An Encyclopedia of Faiths and Cultures 2015)

Southeast Asia: A Historical Encyclopedia from Angkor Wat to East Timor, 3 vol. (2004)

South-East Asia, Languages, and Literatures: A Select Guide (1989) 

Reference Books with Relevant Articles:

The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (2009)  


            General and Miscellaneous

Francis, Charles. 2019. Field Guide to the Mammals of South-East Asia. 2nd ed.London: Bloomsbury Wildlife.

Robson, Craig. 2005. Birds of Southeast Asia. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Rush, James R. 2018. Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Smyth, David, ed. 2000. The Canon in Southeast Asian Literatures: Literatures of Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Richmond, U.K.: Curzon.


Adams, Kathleen M., and Kathleen A. Gillogly, eds. 2011. Everyday Life in Southeast Asia. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Kunstadter, Peter, ed. 1967. Southeast Asian Tribes, Minorities, and Nations. 2 vol. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Winzeler, Robert L. 2011. The Peoples of Southeast Asia Today: Ethnography, Ethnology, and Change in a Complex Region. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.  


Barwise, J. M., and Nicholas J. White. 2015. Traveller’s History of Southeast Asia. Northampton, MA: Interlink Books.

Cady, John F. 1974. The History of Post-War Southeast Asia. Athens: Ohio University Press.

Chapman, William R. 2013. A Heritage of Ruins: The Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and Their Conservation. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Church, Peter. 2017. A Short History of Southeast Asia. 6th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Cotterell, Arthur. 2014. A History of Southeast Asia. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish.

Hall, D. G. E. 1981. A History of Southeast Asia. 4th ed. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Lockard, Craig A. 2009. Southeast Asia in World History. New York: Oxford University Press.

Osborne, Milton. 2016. Southeast Asia: An Introductory History. 12th ed. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

SarDesai, D. R. 1994. Southeast Asia: Past and Present. 3rd ed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.


Liow, Joseph Chinyong. 2016. Religion and Nationalism in Southeast Asia. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Mulder, Nels. 2000. Inside Southeast Asia: Religion, Everyday Life, Cultural Change. Chiang Mai: Silkroom Books.  

            Health, Disease, and Medical Education

Davies, Sara E. 2019. Containing Contagion: The Politics of Disease Outbreaks in Southeast Asia. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Harper, Tim, and Sunil S. Amrith, eds. 2014. Histories of Health in Southeast Asia: Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Pols, Hans, C. Michele, and John Harley Warner, eds. 2018. Translating the Body: Medical Education in Southeast Asia. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

U.S. Universities with Southeast Asia Studies Programs:

Cornell University                                          

Northern Illinois University                 

Ohio University                                             

University of California – Berkeley   

University of Hawaii – Manoa                       

University of Michigan          

University of Washington                              

University of Wisconsin – Madison