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Engaging Modern Brunei

Research on language, literature, and culture

  • Hannah Ming Yit Ho
  • David Deterding


  • Offers insider's perspective into the current status of language, literature, and culture for scholars and students outside Brunei Darussalam

  • Enables readers to access research on Brunei language, literature, culture, and issues that impact Brunei society

  • Is beneficial to students and researchers working on Brunei studies and language, literature, and culture in Southeast Asia


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. David Deterding, Hannah Ming Yit Ho
    Pages 1-17
  3. Language

  4. Literature

  5. Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Haji Ramlee Bin Haji Tinkong, Nur Raihan Mohamad
      Pages 239-253
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 269-277

About this book


This book explores issues shaping and defining modern Bruneian identity. It addresses the research gap regarding Brunei studies in terms of the language, literature, and culture of Brunei which, with its bilingual education, is uniquely positioned at the intersection of the Malay and western worlds. 

The book analyses the linguistic, literary, and cultural modes that provide the backdrop for modern-day instantiations of local identity, as expressed through printed and online materials, film, art, and social practices. It compares Brunei English and Brunei Malay in the context of the literature and culture of Brunei.

Readers will find it useful as an essential resource for academic scholars, university students, and others interested in the study of Brunei Darussalam's language, literature, and culture. It provides critical insights from an insiders' perspective into the local identity of the culturally diverse Bruneian society.


Brunei language Brunei literature Brunei culture Malay word and Brunei Modern Brunei Brunei's digital humanities Media studies Brunei's film industry Brunei's Islamic religion Muslim Burmat modern Bruneian identity Brunei Malay and Brunei English Southeast Asian culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Hannah Ming Yit Ho
    • 1
  • David Deterding
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesUniversiti Brunei DarussalamGadongBrunei Darussalam
  2. 2.Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesUniversiti Brunei DarussalamGadongBrunei Darussalam

About the editors

Dr. Hannah Ming Yit Ho is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). Her teaching includes postcolonial literature, gender and literature, applied literature, and critical literary theories. She also supervises research in Southeast Asian literature. She has a Ph.D. from the University of York, an M.A. in Contemporary Studies in Literature and Film, and a B.A. (Hons) in English literature from Newcastle University. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at King’s College London and the University of California, Berkeley. Her publications appear in various international peer-reviewed journals. Her current research addresses Bruneian works of literature. 

David DETERDING is Visiting Professor at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, where he taught phonetics, forensic linguistics, Malay–English translation, and research methods in linguistics from 2007 till 2020. His research focuses on acoustic phonetics, the description of English in Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China, and analysis of the pronunciation of Malay.

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