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Literature Guide: South Asia


WCIU Journal: Area Studies Topic

August 9, 2019

Compiled by Timothy Skinner, MLS

Library of Congress Classification:

DS 331 – DS 498  South Asian history                     

P 94.5 .S68  South Asians in mass media      

Z 675 .S67  South Asian libraries                  

Dewey Decimal Classification:

954  South Asian history

Library of Congress Subject Headings:

Art, South Asian                    

Ethnology—South Asia                                 

Indo-Aryan languages

Indo-Iranian literature             

Short stories, South Asian                             

South Asia                 


Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies              

Journal of South Asian Literature                  

South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies

Reference Works:

A Companion to South Asia in the Past (2016)

A Dictionary of Old Marathi (2000)

Dictionary of South and Southeast Asian Art (2005)

Encyclopedia of Sri Lanka (2006)

Ethnic Groups of South Asia and the Pacific: An Encyclopedia (2012)

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (1999). Vol. 5: South Asia: The Indian Subcontinent

A Historical Atlas of South Asia (1978)

South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia (2002)


General and Miscellaneous

Brower, Barbara, and Barbara Rose Johnston, eds. 2007. Disappearing Peoples?: Indigenous Groups and Ethnic Minorities in South and Central Asia. Abingdon-on-Thames, UK: Routledge.

Devotta, Neil, ed. 2015. An Introduction to South Asian Politics. Abingdon-on-Thames, UK: Routledge.

Doron, Assa, ed. 2013. Health, Culture, and Religion in South Asia. Abingdon-on-Thames, UK: Routledge.

Hagerty, Daniel T., ed. 2015. South Asia in World Politics. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Hakala, Walter. 2016. Negotiating Languages: Urdu, Hindi, and the Definition of Modern South Asia. New York: Columbia University Press.

Mani, Muthukumara. 2018. South Asia’s Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Living Standards. Washington DC: World Bank Publications.

Mines, Diane, and Sarah E. Lamb, eds. 2010. Everyday Life in South Asia. 2nd ed. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.


Bose, Sugata, and Ayesha Jalal. 2011. Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy. 3rd ed. Abingdon-on-Thames, UK: Routledge.

Duhe, Saurabh, ed. 2011. Modern Makeovers: Handbook of Modernity in South Asia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gilbert, Mark Jason. 2017. South Asia in World History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ludden, David. 2002. India and South Asia: A Short History. London: One World Publications.

Arts and Literature

Bronner, Yigal. 2010. Extreme Poetry: The South Asian Movement of Simultaneous Narration. New York: Columbia University Press.

Courtney, David R., and Chandrakantha N. Courtney. 2015. The Music of South Asia: An Institutionally Appropriate Approach to the Classical Music of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Purulia: Sur Sangeet Services.

Gopal, Sangita. 2012. Conjugations: Marriage and Form in New Bollywood Cinema. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Perara, Sasanka, and Dev Nath Pathak, eds. 2019. Intersections of Contemporary Art, Anthropology, and Art History in South Asia: Decoding Visual Worlds. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Stirr, Anna Marie. 2017. Singing Across Divides: Music and Intimate Politics in Nepal. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Widdess, Richard. 2017. Dapha: Sacred Singing in a South Asian City: Music, Performance, and Meaning in Nepal. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Jeffrey, Robin, and Ronojoy Sen, eds. 2014. Being Muslim in South Asia: Diversity and Daily Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mattai, Sushil, and Gene Thursby, eds. 2006. Religions of South Asia: An Introduction. Abingdon-on-Thames, UK: Routledge.

Metcalf, Barbara E., ed. 2009. Islam in South Asia in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Robinson, Francis. 2001. Islam and Muslim History in South Asia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Universities with a Center for South Asian Studies:

Australian National University                       

Columbia University

 Cornell University                                          

Emory University

Harvard University                                        

Johns Hopkins University

Middlebury College                                       

National University of Singapore 

Triangle Consortium, North Carolina             

University of California – Berkeley

University of California – Los Angeles         

University of California – Santa Cruz

University of Chicago                                    

University of Illinois – Urbana

University of Iowa                                         

University of Michigan

University of Pennsylvania                            

University of Texas – Austin

University of Virginia                                    

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin – Madison