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Magical Realism And Tibetan Literature

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Chapter Summary

This chapter first establishes the notion of magical realism as one among the newly adopted literary modes in Tibetan literary discourse. It then takes a closer look at two stories by the Amdowan writer Ljang bu repeatedly mentioned in Tibetan sources. The chapter finally attempts to offer an interpretation of magical realism in Tibetan literature based on these texts in order to show magical realism as literary technique understood by Tibetans as a means for the creative re-establishment of Tibetan culture and identity within the context of Chinese modernity.

Keywords: Chinese modernity; magical realism; Tibetan culture; Tibetan identity; Tibetan literature

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