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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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The author argues that the literary text functioned as a mirror of the ideal Englishman and became viswanatha mask of exploitation that camouflaged the material activities of the colonizing British government.

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Aside from developing a dissatisfied class that was denied any suitable employment opportunities, the literary curriculum highlighted the problems of a system which advocated both social control and social advancement. Katie Holmes rated it really liked it May 02, All photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India

Subir rated it really liked it Sep 28, Jenn McCollum rated it it was ok Nov 04, As a result, between s and the mids, government schools in India used English literature to explain Christian teachings and emphasize the higher levels of historical progress and moral standards amsks English society.


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Viswanathan’s brief concluding section, “Empire and the Canon,” points out the dangers of reading nineteenth-century educational practice as continuous with contemporary English studies in India. Refresh and try again.

This reversal of stance occurred as British officials realized that a religious reading of English literature did not provide Indians with the proper knowledge to viswaanthan the colonial administrative services. 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. Douglas rated it liked it May 12, Viswanathan argues that British administrators introduced English literary study in India in the early nineteenth century to improve the moral knowledge of Indians.

Kimi rated it liked it Oct 03, 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. Preview — Masks of Conquest by Gauri Viswanathan.

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Neeven Rangasamy rated it it was amazing Sep 02, To help us prevent spam submissions, please type the text in the image below:. Viswanathan is also careful conquet to oversimplify the British educational objectives in India. Her attention to archival material and historical details often leads to fascinating excerpts, such as an examination paper by a certain Nobinchunder Dass of Hooghly College, Calcutta, who effusively praises the colonizer’s culture.


Early in the book Viswanathan clearly states that the literary curriculum was introduced in India not to demonstrate the superiority of English culture but to “mask” the economic exploitation of the colonized.

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Barbi rated it liked it Aug 10, Micheal Rumore rated it really liked it Aug 18, However, missionaries decried such secular practices and insisted upon a more religious reading of English literature. Georgia Soares rated it it was amazing Oct 15, Previously, scholars merely studied the transformative effects of British education to understand the historical function of educational policies.

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