SOAS University of London

Tibetan Studies at SOAS

Rape in Tibetan Literature: a sheer narrative device or a constituted social problem?

Fran├žoise Robin

Date: 8 May 2018Time: 3:30 PM

Finishes: 8 May 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Lecture


Tibetan society is no exception when it comes to masculine domination. As any other social construction, this widespread phenomenon shapes literary representations. This is all the more true in Tibet: until recently, men were overrepresented on the literary scene, with women having only started to publish short stories and novel in the last few years. This communication, based upon reading of literary works, interviews with writers and feminist theory, will reflect about the literary representation of rape in Tibetan literature today, and will enquire about its qualification and its status: is it a simple narrative tool meant to spice up a storyline, or a social problem that is constituted as such?

Françoise Robin is Professor of Tibetan Language and Literature at the INALCO in Paris. Through her studies of the contemporary Tibetan language literary and film scene, complemented by regular field work in Tibet, she investigates social changes in contemporary Tibetan society as well as emerging trends in literature and cinema. She has published widely on these issues, as well as on the Tibetan language, and she has translated works of Tibetan literature into English and French.

Organiser: Marta Sernesi

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