Modern Tibetan literature and social change by Lauran R. Hartley, Patricia Schiaffini-Vedani

By Lauran R. Hartley, Patricia Schiaffini-Vedani

"Modern Tibetan Literature and Social swap" is the 1st systematic and specified evaluate of contemporary Tibetan literature, which has burgeoned simply within the final thirty years. This accomplished assortment brings jointly fourteen pioneering students within the nascent box of Tibetan literary stories, together with authors who're lively within the Tibetan literary global itself. those students research the literary output of Tibetan authors writing in Tibetan, chinese language, and English, either in Tibet and the Tibetan diaspora. The members discover the situations that ended in the advance of recent Tibetan literature, its continuities and breaks with classical Tibetan literary types, and the ways in which writers use kinds akin to magical realism, satire, and humor to barter literary freedom in the PRC.They supply the most important information regarding Tibetan writers' lives in China and in a foreign country, the social and political contexts within which they write, and the literary-critical advantages in their oeuvres. besides deep social, cultural, and political research, this wealth of data clarifies the advanced conditions below which Tibetan writers negotiate the realities they face within the PRC and within the diaspora. The members ponder not just poetry, brief tales, and novels but additionally different kinds of cultural construction - resembling literary magazines, motion pictures, and websites - that supply a public discussion board within the Tibetan parts of the PRC, the place censorship and regulations on public gatherings stay the norm. "Modern Tibetan Literature and Social switch" contains a formerly unavailable record of recent Tibetan works translated into Western languages and a finished English-language index of names, topics, and phrases

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For an anthropological study on the use of humor in Tibet see Makley, “The Power of the Drunk,” 39–79. For an example of a short story in Tibetan which exemplifies the use of humor and parody to carry out a sociopolitical critique of modern Tibet see Tsering Dondrup, “A Show to Please the Masses,” 61–77. See Hartley, “Ascendancy of the Term rtsom rig in Tibetan Literary Discourse,” 1–16. The conceptual model for constructing a national literature in Tibet derives primarily from the literary evolutionism taught in the context of Chinese literature since the 1920s.

Introductionâ•… xxxi Indigenous literary developments in exile have been seen primarily in English, ever since the founding of the first English literary journal, Young Tibet (later renamed Lotus Fields), in Delhi in 1977. While nationalist and political themes still characterize the bulk of Anglophone exile writing, a few select Tibetan writers are perfecting the craft. One such author is a former guerrilla fighter and director of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Jamyang Norbu. Although he was an early contributor to Lotus Fields, he has become more widely known since the publication of his novel The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes (1999), which in 2000 won the prestigious Crossword Prize for English Literature.

In 2005 an anthology of Tibetan women’s poetry was published in the PRC with funding from the United States. 73 In the same spirit, it is our wish that this book—fruit of the close collaboration between Tibet and China specialists who not too long ago still dwelled in separate intellectual and acaIntroductionâ•… xxxiii demic worlds—may also provide fertile ground for a continuing discussion of these issues. Our final goal is to stir readers to seek out Tibetan writing, whether in translation or in their Tibetan, Chinese, and English originals.

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