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- DescriptionThis is the first book-length study to appear in English on the literary, cultural and political roots of modern Tibetan literature. While existing scholarship on modern Tibetan writing takes the 1980s as its point of birth and presents this period as marking a rupture with traditional forms of literature, this book goes beyond such an interpretation by foregrounding instead the persistence of Tibet's artistic past and oral traditions in the literary creativity of the present. While ackwledging the invative features of modern Tibetan literary creation, it draws attention to the hitherto neglected aspects of continuity within the new. This study explores the endurance of genres, styles, concepts, techniques, symbolisms, and idioms derived from Tibet's rich and diverse oral art forms and textual traditions. It reveals how Tibetan kavya poetics, the mgur genre, life-writing, the Gesar epic and other modes of oral and literary compositions are referenced and adapted in vel ways within modern Tibetan poetry and fiction. It also brings to prominence the complex and fertile interplay between orality and the Tibetan literary text. Embracing a multidisciplinary approach drawing on theoretical insights in western literary theory and criticism, political studies, sociology, and anthropology, this research shows that, alongside literary and oral continuities, the Tibetan nation proves to be an inevitable attribute of modern Tibetan literature.
- Author BiographyLama Jabb is junior research fellow in Tibetan and Himalayan studies at Wolfson College, Oxford University.
- Author(s)Lama Jabb
- PublisherLexington Books
- Date of Publication16/06/2015
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleStudies in Modern Tibetan Culture
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLexington Books
- Content Note4 black & white illustrations
- Weight540 g
- Width160 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine24 mm
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