Off the Shelf: Kurtis R. Schaeffer

September 21, 2009

Kurtis R. Schaeffer, associate professor of religious studies, "The Culture of the Book in Tibet." Columbia University Press.

The history of the book in Tibet involves more than literary trends and trade routes. Functioning as material, intellectual and symbolic object, the book has been an instrumental tool in the construction of Tibetan power and authority, and its history opens a crucial window onto the cultural, intellectual and economic life of an influential Buddhist society.