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Author Franklin, J. Jeffrey.

Title The lotus and the lion : Buddhism and the British Empire / J. Jeffrey Franklin
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 273 pages)
Contents The life of the Buddha in Victorian Britain -- Buddhism and the emergence of late-Victorian hybrid religions -- Romances of reincarnation, karma, and desire -- Buddhism and the empire of the self in Kipling's Kim -- Conclusion : the afterlife of Nirvana -- Appendix 1 : selective chronology of events in the European encounter with Buddhism -- Appendix 2 : summary of selected Buddhist tenets
Summary "In The Lotus and the Lion, J. Jeffrey Franklin traces the historical and cultural origins of Western Buddhism, showing that the British Empire was a primary engine for curiosity about and then engagement with the Buddhisms that the British encountered in India and elsewhere in Asia." "In this book, Franklin analyzes responses to and constructions of Buddhism by popular novelists and poets, early scholars of religion, inventors of new religions, social theorists and philosophers, and a host of social and religious commentators. Examining the work of numerous figures, Franklin provides insight into cultural upheavals that continue to reverberate into our own time. The Lotus and the Lion demonstrates that the nineteenth-century encounter with Buddhism subtly but profoundly changed Western civilization forever."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Buddhism in literature.
Buddhism -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Great Britain -- Religion -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008022869
ISBN 0801458595 (electronic bk.)
9780801458590 (electronic bk.)