Gauri Viswanathan. Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India. New York: Columbia UP, pp. $ In his Prison Notebooks Antonio . Masks of Conquest reveals how English studies introduced in India under British rule Professor of English and Comparative Literature Gauri Viswanathan. Gauri Viswanathan is a professor of English & comparative literature at Columbia University. She is the author of “Masks of Conquest: Literary Study & British.
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Hardcoverpages. View freely available titles: The author argues that the literary viswanathqn functioned as a mirror of the ideal Englishman and became a mask of exploitation that camouflaged the material activities of the colonizing British governmen Masks of Conquest reveals how English studies introduced in India under British rule came to be an effective form of maskss control abetting voluntary cultural assimilation.
Micheal Rumore rated it really liked it Aug 18, Viswanathan gives a detailed account of the various debates that influenced the introduction of English literary study in India. Barbi rated it liked it Aug 10, R rated it liked it Oct 11, Neeven Rangasamy rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Sankar Raj rated it really viswanahhan it Jan 18, Trivia About Masks of Conquest Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India by Gauri Viswanathan
Colin rated it really liked it Feb 09, Nan rated it really liked it Jan 07, Viswanathan’s brief concluding section, vlswanathan and the Canon,” points out the dangers of reading nineteenth-century educational practice as continuous with contemporary English studies in India. Her attention to archival material and historical details often leads to fascinating excerpts, such coonquest an examination paper by a certain Nobinchunder Dass of Hooghly College, Calcutta, who effusively praises the colonizer’s culture.
Viswanathan is also careful not to oversimplify the British educational objectives in India. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The value of Masks of Conquest finally is its important reminder that educational systems and curriculum developments must be judged in historical perspective. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Open Preview See a Problem? Return to Book Page.
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Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India
Besides, after the Indian revolt against foreign rule, British officials did not wish to adopt policies that might ignite fears of conversion among Hindus and Muslims. But Viswanathan is often inclined to be overly absorbed by her material, as in Chapter Two, “Preparatio Evangelica,” where she devotes considerable space to a biographical sketch of Conqusst Duff.
By the end of the s, however, British administrators again changed their stance and advocated a secular reading of English literature to encourage commercial and trade literacy. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.
In Masks of ConquestGauri Viswanathan uses this Gramscian model of hegemony to analyze the relationship between British political and commercial interests and the establishment of English Literature as a discipline in India. No trivia or quizzes yet. Built on the Johns Viswanatnan University Campus. Previously, scholars merely studied the transformative effects of British education to understand the historical function of educational policies.
Subir rated it really liked it Sep 28, May 17, Sudha kumari rated it really liked it. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Kalpana rated it liked it Jul 14, Using a variety of resources, she demonstrates the continual modification of the British educational goals which together created the discipline of English studies.