Lama Jabb


Lecturer in Tibetan Language

Faculty / College Address:

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies / Wolfson College


Research Interests:

Tibetan Literature
Contemporary Tibet
Theory and Practice of Translation
National Identity and Cultural Studies

Current Projects:

Tibetan Literature as a Confluence of the Oral and the Literary
The Tibet Reader 

Courses Taught:

MPhil & DPhil Readings: Tibetan language and literature

Further Buddhist Texts

Modern Tibetan set Texts
Elementary & Advanced Tibetan


2022. "Distilling Joys and Woes: An Appreciation of Contemporary Tibetan Women’s Writing." In Journal of Tibetan Literature, 1 (1): 211-226.

2022. "Currents of the Tibetan National Epic in Contemporary Writing." In Matthew T. Kapstein and Charles Ramble (eds). The Many Faces of King Gesar: Tibetan and Central Asian Studies in Homage to Rolf A. Stein. Leiden: Brill, 265-296.

2021. "The Immortal Ring of Samsara and Poetry." In A Journal of Tibetan Literature, Arts and Humanities, Vol. 1, No. 1:

2020. "The Wandering Voice of Tibet: Life and Songs of Dubhe." In Life Writing, 17:3, 387-409.

2019. "The Mingled Melody: Remembering the Tibetan March 10th Uprising". In Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, No. 48 (April 2019), 50-98.

2018. "Acting and Speaking Through Modern Tibetan Poetry." In Shelly Bhoil and Enrique Galvan (eds). Tibetan Narratives in Exile: Globalization, Resistance and Identity. Boulder: Lexington Books.

2017. "Intense Emotions Seethe Beneath: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Fictional World" (གཏིང་རོལ་ན་འཁོལ་གྱིན་པའི་ཚོར་འདུ་དྲག་པོ་སྟེ་ཁ་ཟུཨོ•ཨི་ཤིས་གུརོ་ཡི་བརྩམས་སྒྲུང་གི་འཇིག་རྟེན།). At

2016. "Bob Dylan: - Born of and Dissolved into the American Song Tradition" (ཨ་རིའི་གླུ་རྒྱུན་ལས་བྱུང་ལ་གླུ་རྒྱུན་དུ་འཐིམ་པའི་བྷོབ་*ཌེལིན།). At Butter Lamp: Tibetan Literature Website:

2016. "On Yangmo Tso’s Study of the Tibetan Emperor Nyatri" (གཡང་མོ་མཚོར་འཁྱིལ་བའི་གཉའ་ཁྲི་བཙན་པོ།). At Butter Lamp: Tibetan Literature Website:

2015    “Tibet’s Critical Tradition and Modern Tibetan Literature”. In Jim Rheingans (ed), Tibetan Literary Genres, Texts, and Text Types: from Genre Classification to Transformation. (PIATS 12), Leiden, Boston: Bill, pp. 231-269.
2015    “A Poem-song on the Perfect Tibetan Physician”. In C. Ramble and U. Roesler (eds), Tibetan & Himalayan Healing: An Anthology for Anthony Aris. Kathmandu: Vajra Books, pp. 417-433.
2014    “The Hungry Bandit: The Ballad of Yidak Kela”. In The Tibet Journal, Vol. XXXIX, No.1, pp. 95-120.
2012    “Agir et s’exprimer au travers de la poésie tibétaine modern”. In Monde Chinois, nouvelle Asie, No 31, pp. 78-86.
2012    “Singing the Nation: Modern Tibetan Music and National Identity”. In Tim Myatt et al (eds), Revisiting Tibetan Culture and History. Dharamsala: Amnye Machen Institute, pp. 1-29. This essay was first published online in Revue d’Etudes Tibetaines, No. 21 (Oct 2011), pp. 1-29.
2011    “The Consciousness of the past in the creativity of the present: Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change”. In International Journal of Asian Studies, No 8, 1, pp. 89-95.


2015    Oral and Literary Continuities in Modern Tibetan Literature: The Inescapable Nation. New York: Lexington 
2009    Studies in the History of Eastern Tibet. Coedited with Wim Van Spengen.

Photograph of Lama Jabb