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Ascendancy Of The Term Rtsom Rig In Tibetan Literary Discourse

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In this chapter, the author identifies the earliest appearance of the Tibetan term rtsom rig, based on an examination of heretofore unconsulted sources. Then the author discusses its construction-not simply as a lexical term but as a discursive formation which serves to delimit an object of study and a national project. Finally, the author suggests that as a result of the growing predominance of rtsom rig as a discursive concept, the Tibetan term snyan ngag, previously used by Tibetan scholars to describe a vast store of literary writing since the twelfth century, has now narrowed in meaning such that it more closely approximates the English term ‘poem’ or the contemporary sense of the Chinese term shi 诗.

Keywords: discursive concept; rtsom rig; snyan ngag; Tibetan literary; Tibetan translation



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