Imagining Tibet - Praise

Perceptions, Projections, and Fantasies


512 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861711918

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Imagining Tibet brings together some of our most thoughtful scholars to ruminate on the ways that mythology has become merged with what we take to be the reality of Tibet. A rich kaleidoscope of insights on this fascinating subject.” Orville Schell, author of Virtual Tibet: Searching for Shangri-La from the Himalayas to Hollywood

This illuminating collection of essays will be of interest to all Tibet-watchers, whatever their political or intellectual persuasion.”—Melvyn C. Goldstein, author of The Snow Lion and the Dragon: China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama

This important book shows how Tibet’s realities are represented by others; it should be read by everyone interested in the origin and subtext of such fascination and imagery.”—Tsering Shakya, Fellow in Tibetan Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies.

An important discussion of the western mythology of Tibet as Shangri-La. It includes three papers on foreign missionaries and scholars of Tibet, eight works on the western and Chinese views of Tibet as other, eight commentaries, and a synthesis by the editors. It also includes a foreword by Tsering Shakya, a bibliographic reference, biographical data, and a useful index. A delightful book.”—Religious Studies Review