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Bibliography / Book List: Korea





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To help on your search for knowledge we provide the following bibliographies / book lists. The variety of subject matter these publications cover foretells of the diversity you will find in the country. Specific titles are sometimes hard to find. Even if your local bookstore or library doesn't have the specific titles listed, pick up what is available. We welcome you comments and suggestions on books and articles to add.

Armstrong, Charles K (ed). Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy and the State. 2002

Blair, Clay. The Forgotten War: America in Korea, 1950-1953 2003.

Clark, Donald N. Culture and Customs of Korea (Culture and Customs of Asia Series). Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000.

Cumings, Bruce. Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2005.

Harrison, Selig S. Korean Endgame: A Strategy for Reunification and U.S. Disengagement. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002

Hoffman, Diane. Lanterns on the River: Essays on Life and Culture in Contemporary South Korea. Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.

Kang, Hidi. Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945. 2001.

Kim, Elaine H.(ed), Chungmoo Choi (Editor). Dangerous Women: Gender and Korean Nationalism. 1997.

Oberdorfer, Don. The Two Koreas (Revised Edition). Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley, 1997.

Snyder, Scott. Negotiating on the Edge: North Korean Negotiating Behavior. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 1999

Yu, Chai-shin S. (ed), Richard Guisso (ed). Shamanism: The Spirit World of Korea. 1988


Han, Susanne C.  Korean Folk & Fairy Tales. Hollym, 1991.

Hwang Pae-Gang, Young-Hie Han (Translator), Se-Jung Kim (Translator), Seung-Pyung Chwae (Translator). Korean Myths and Folk Legends. Jain Publishing Company, 2006.

Kim, Jaihiun J. Classical Korean Poetry. Jain Publishing Company, 1995.

Kim, Richard E.  Lost Names: Scenes from Korean Boyhood. Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1998.  In this novel, Kim writes of seven scenes from a childhood in Korea during the Japanese occupation.

Kim, Kichung. An Introduction to Classical Korean Literature: From Hyangga to P'Ansori. Sharpe, M.e., Inc. 1996.

Koh, Chang-soo. Best Loved Poems of Korea.  Hollym, 1984.

Lee, Peter H., ed. Anthology of Korean Literature: From Early Times to the 19th Century.  Honolulu:  University of Hawaii Press, 1981.  This was the first major anthology of Korean literature and includes poetry and prose from 600 BCE to the end of the nineteenth century.  A must-have for those interested in Korean literature.

Lee, Peter. Modern Korean Literature: An Anthology. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.

McCann, David R. Early Korean Literature: Selections and Introductions. Columbia University Press, 2000.

McCann, David R. Black Crane: An Anthology of Korean Literature. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997 & 1980.

McCune, Evelyn. The Arts of Korean: An Illustrated History. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1962.

Park, Linda Sue. A Single Shard. Dell Yearling Book, Random House, New York, 2001.

Sallee, Hyun-Jae Yee, ed. The Snowy Road and Other Stories: An Anthology of Korean Fiction.  New York:  White Pine Press, 1993. An inexpensive anthology of modern Korean fiction by authors who have won literary awards.

Song, Cathy. Picture Bride. Yale University Press, 1983.

Wong Janet S. A Suitcase of Seaweed and Other Poems. Simon & Schuster Children's, 1996.

If you have a favorite that should be added to the list please let us know.  



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