A Brief History of Southeast Asia's Literature

by Piero Scaruffi (E-mail)
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(Note: "Malay" refers to both the Malaysian and Bahasa Indonesia languages)


Dharmawangsa (Java, 8##): "Ramayama" (9##) [p]
Mpu Kanwa (Java, 10##): "Arjuna Wiwaha/ The Wedding of Arjuna" (1035) [p]
Mpu Panuluh (Java, 11##): "Ghatotkacasraya" (11##) [p]
Prapanca (Java, 13##): "Nagara Kertagama" (1365) [p]
"Panji Tales" (Java, 14##)
"Lilit Phra Lo/ The Handsome Prince Lo" (Thai, 14##) [p]
"Hikayat Raja Pasai" (Malay, 14##) [h]
Hamzah Fansuri (Malay, 15##): "Poems" (159#) [p]
Nur al-Din ar-Raniri (Malay, 15##): "Bustan al-Salatin" (16##) [p]
Bukhari al-Jauhari (Malay, 15##): "Taj al-Salatin/ The Crown Of Kings" (1603) [h]
Nguyen Tu/Zu (Vietnam, 15##): "Truyen Ki Mna Luc" (15##)
"Hikayat Aceh" (Malay, 16##) [h]
Abd al-Rauf/ Abdurrauf Singkel (Malay, 16##): "Umlat al-Muhtajin" (16##) [p]
"Hikayat Hang Tuah" (16##) +
Doan Thi Diem (Vietnam, 1705): "Chinh Phu Ngam" (17##) [p]
Nguyen Du/Zu (Vietnam, 1765): "Kim van Kieu/ Truyen Kieu/ Tale of Kieu" (18##) +
Pham Thai (Vietnam, 1777): "So Kinh Tan Trang/ The Comb and the Mirror" (18##) [p]
Sunthorn Phu (Thai, 1786): "Phra Aphai Mani" (1841) [p]
Ho Xuan Huong (Vietnam, 17##): "Poems" (18##) [p] +
Munshi Abdullah Bin Abdul Kadir (Malay, 1796): "Hikayat Abdullah" (18##)
Raja Ali Haji bin Raja Amhad (Malay, 1809): "Tuhfat al-Nafis" (1865) [h]
Minangkabau Marah Rusli (Java, 18##): "Sitti Nurbaya" (1922)
Nguyen Dinh Kieu (Vietnam, 1822): "Luc Van Tien" (18##) [p]
Abdul Moeis (Malay, 1890): "Salah Asuhan" (1928)
Ngo Tat To (Vietnam, 1892): "Tat Den" (1939)
Nur Sutan Iskandar (Malay, 1893): "Salah Pilih" (1928)
Marah Rusli (Malay, 1899): "Sitti Nurbaya" (1922)
Nguyen Cong Hoan (1903): "Buoc Duong Cung" (1938)
Muhammad Yamin (Java, 1903): "Poems" (1962) [p]
Muhammad Yamin (Malay, 1903): "Tanah Air" (1922) [p]
Rustam Effendi (Malay, 1905): "Behasari" (1919) [t]
U Nu (BUrma, 1907): "Thaka Ala" (1961) [t]
Pandji Tisna (Java, 1908): "Sukreni Gadis Bali" (1936)
Pandji Tisna (Malay, 1908): "Sukreni - Gadis Bali" (1936)
Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana (Malay, 1908): "Layar Terkembang" (1936)
Haji Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah Hamka (Malay, 1908): "Tenggelamnya Kapal Van Der Wijck" (1938)
Amir Hamzah (Malay, 1911): "Poems" (1946) [p]
Achdiat Karta Mihardja (Malay, 1911): "Atheis" (1949)
Suwarsih Djojopuspito (Java, 1912): "Buiten Het Gareel" (1940)
Suwarsih Djojopuspito (Java, 1912): "Siluman Karangkobar/ The Wise Spirits of Karangkobar" (1963)
Vu Trong Phung (Vietnam, 1912): "So Do/ Dumb Luck" (1936)
Journalgyaw Ma Ma Lei (Burma, 1917): "Mone Ywa Mahu/ Not Out of Hate" (1955) +
Journalgyaw Ma Ma Lei (Burma, 1917): "Twe Ta Saint Saint/ A Slow Stream of Thoughts and Burmese Medicine Tales" (1963)
Xuan Dieu (Vietnam, 1917): "Poems" (1985) [p]
Nguyen Hong (Vietnam, 1918): "Bi Vo" (1938)
To Huu (Vietnam, 1920): "Tu Ay" (1946) [p]
Utuy Tatang Sontani (Java, 1920): "Tambera" (1948)
Utuy Tatang Sontani (Java, 1920): "Suling" (1948) [t]
Utuy Tatang Sontani (Java, 1920): "Bunga Rumah Makan" (1948) [t] +
Anwar Chairil (Java, 1922): "Poems" (1949) [p]
Anwar Chairil (Malay, 1922): "Poems" (1949) [p]
Mochtar Lubis (Malay, 1922): "Senja di Jakarta/ Twilight in Jakarta" (1957)
Sitor Situmorang (Malay, 1923): "Dalam Sajak" (1955) [p]
Pramudya Ananta Tur/ Pramoedya Ananta Toer (Malay, 1925): "Keluarga Gerilya" (1950)
Pramoedya Ananta Toer (Java, 1925): "Buru Quartet" (1988) +
Pramoedya Ananta Toer (Java, 1925): "Perburuan/ The Fugitive" (1950)
Masuri Salikun (Malay, 1927): "Awan Puteh" (1951) [p]
Harun Amin al-Rashid (Malay, 19##): "Panglima Awang" (1958)
Muryalelana (Java, 1932): "Poems" (19##) [p]
Sulistyautami Iesmaniasita (Java, 1933): "Poems" (19##) [p]
Pira Sudham (Thai, 1942): "Monsoon Country" (1988)
Nguyen Duy (Vietnam, 1948): "Poems" (19##) [p]
Lam Thi My Da (Vietnam, 1949): "Poems" (19##) [p]
Nguyen Huy Thiep (Vietnam, 1950): "Tales" (19##)
Nguyen Manh Tuan (Vietnam, 19##): "Dung Truoc Bien/ Standing By The Sea" (1985)
Pham Thi Hoai (Vietnam, 1960): "Mary Sen" (19##)
Phan Thi Vang Anh (Vietnam, 1968): "Tales" (19##)
Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia, 1975): "Cantik Itu Luka/ Beauty Is A Wound" (2002) +
Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia, 1975): "Lelaki Harimau/ Man Tiger" (2004)
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