In Western academia, Tibetan studies has been dominated by Buddhist scholars working on classical Tibetan Buddhist texts and premodern subjects. However, that academic trend is slowly shifting: the field is becoming more diverse, and its research methodologies are evolving as a new generation of scholars is exploring new areas. As a result, more books focused upon modern Tibet have emerged in the past decade. Nicole Willock's Lineages of The Literary: Tibetan Buddhist Polymaths of Socialist China makes a genuine contribution to the field. Her book has the potential to inspire and encourage scholars to pay closer attention to the complex and diverse world of Tibetan history, religion, culture, and language in modern times. In other words, this book is a must-read, even if it provides only a glimpse of modern Tibetan scholars and their complex roles within modern China.

Lineages of the Literary consists of five chapters in addition to...

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