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Author Jones, Robert William, II
Title Of offal, corpses, and others: An examination of self, subjectivity, and authenticity in two works by Alexandra David-Neel
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Descript 80 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 48-05, page: 2663
Adviser: Eric L. Berlatsky
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2010
This thesis examines two works (My Journey to Lhasa and Magic and Mystery in Tibet) by Alexandra David-Neel. These works subvert the self/other dichotomies both necessary to and critiqued by postcolonial theory. Central to this study is an examination of a claim by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama that David-Neel creates an "authentic" picture of Tibet. In order to do this the first chapter establishes a working definition of authenticity based on both Western philosophy and Vajrayana Buddhism. This project argues that the advanced meditation techniques practiced by Alexandra David-Neel allow her to access a transcendent self that is able to overcome the self/other dichotomy. It also discusses the ways in which abjection and limit experiences enhance this breakdown. Finally, this thesis examines the roles that gender and a near absence of female Tibetan voice play in complicating the problems of self, subjectivity, and authenticity within these texts
School code: 0119
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 48-05
Subject Literature, Romance
Women's Studies
Religion, Comparative
Alt Author Florida Atlantic University
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