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Stories And History: The Emergence Of Historical Fiction In Contemporary Tibet

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The main literary trend in fiction is realism, which has been favored since the beginning by the authorities who utilise the resources of literature to suit and serve the political agenda of the day. This chapter introduces a literary trend that has emerged recently historical fiction and more precisely, biofiction, or biographical fiction. It refers to this literary trend as ‘neutral’ realism. In a short period of eighteen months (between August 1998 and December 1999), no less than three full-length historical novels or biofictions have been published in Tibetan and in Tibet. One deals with Thon mi Sambhota (7th century), the second with Khri Gnam lde dbon btsan po, King of Tsong kha (11th century) and the third, with Sa skya Pandita (13th century).

Keywords: biofiction; Chinese historical events; contemporary Tibet; historical fiction; realism



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