SOAS University of London

Tibetan Studies at SOAS

The Endurance of the Past in Modern Tibetan Literature

Lama Jabb

Date: 20 March 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 20 March 2014Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Vernon Square Room: V211

Type of Event: Special Lecture

Existing research on modern Tibetan writing takes the 1980s as the point of ‘birth’ of the phenomenon and presents this period as marking a rupture with traditional forms of literature. However, this interpretation ignores the styles, themes and concepts derived from Tibet’s rich and diverse oral traditions. The presentation of the watershed of the 1980s as a complete break from classical Tibetan literature also overlooks the fact that new styles and literary devices continue to be impinged by Indian influenced literature and indigenous literary genres. This talk will highlight this creative impact of the past on the present by demonstrating the imprints of mgur (poem-songs) genre, kāvya poetics and oral poetry in the works of leading contemporary Tibetan poets.

Organiser: Dr Nathan W. Hill

Sponsor: London Shangshung Institute