“Tibet on Fire: Buddhism, Protest, and the Rhetoric of Self-Immolation” By John Whalen-Bridge

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Published in October 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan, “Tibet on Fire: Buddhism, Protest, and the Rhetoric of Self-Immolation” by John Whalen-Bridge examines the Tibetan self-immolation protests from 2011 to 2015. 

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Extreme conditions lead to extreme protest, and contradictions between the Buddhist-inflected rhetoric of non-harm and the agony of self-immolation have been accounted for variously. The interpreters create descriptions that reflect, select, and sometimes deflect the reality of the burning corpse, calling attention to a certain place and time. In this volume, John Whalen-Bridge applies Kenneth Burke’s interpretive suggestions to the phenomenon of a Buddhist-inflected self-immolation movement. Tibet on Fire considers the possibility that the self-burnings could be interpreted as an extension of the struggle that constitutes part of what Kenneth Burke called a ‘logomachy.’ The volume seeks to: open up the possibility of multiple motivations, explain the significance of shifting contexts, and explore the pervasive substitutions in which the self-immolator and the Dalai Lama trade places in attempts to understand the Tibetan situation.

John Whalen-Bridge is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at National University of Singapore

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