Imagining Tibet - Table of Contents

Perceptions, Projections, and Fantasies


512 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861711918

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Foreword by Tsering Shakya          


I. Missionaries and Scholars
The Image of Tibet in the West before the Nineteenth Century (Rudolf Kaschewsky)
Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Missionary Images of Tibet (John Bray)  
Tibet Images among Researchers on Tibet (Per Kvaerne)

II. The Sight of the “Other”
“Truth,” Perception, and Politics: The British Construction of an Image of Tibet (Alex C. McKay)
Tibetan Horizon: Tibet and the Cinema in the Early Twentieth Century (Peter H. Hansen)
Old Tibet a Hell on Earth? The Myth of Tibet and Tibetans in Chinese Art and Propaganda (Thomas Heberer)   
Tibet, Theosophy, and the Psychologization of Buddhism (Poul Pedersen)     
The Role of Tibet in the New Age Movement (Frank J. Korom)
The Image of Tibet of the Great Mystifiers (Donald S. Lopez, Jr.)
Not Only a Shangri-la: Images of Tibet in Western Literature (Peter Bishop)
The Development in Perceptions of Tibetan Art: From Golden Idols to Ultimate Reality (Heather Stoddard)

III. Standpoints
Tibetan Monastic Colleges: Rationality versus the Demands of Allegiance (P. Jeffrey Hopkins)
“Violated Specialness”: Western Political Representations of Tibet (Robert Barnett)
“Orientalism” and Aspects of Violence in the Tibetan Tradition (Elliot Sperling)        
Tibetan Culture As a Model of Ecological Sustainability (Helena Norberg-Hodge)      
Tradition, Modernity, and Environmental Change in Tibet (Graham E. Clarke)  
Shangri-la in Exile: Representations of Tibetan Identity and Transnational Culture (Toni Huber)  
Behind the Lost Horizon: Demystifying Tibet (Jamyang Norbu)
Buddhism in the West and the Image of Tibet (Dagyab Kyabgön Rinpoche)  

IV. Final Considerations
Imagining Tibet: Between Shangri-la and Feudal Oppression – Attempting  a  Synthesis (Thierry Dodin and Heinz Räther)      


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