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 value of Masks of Conquest finally is its important reminder that educational systems and curriculum developments must be judged in historical perspective.

Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India by Gauri Viswanathan

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Viswanathan ably proves conqeust it is necessary to examine the discourse and the context of the formulation of educational policies to better understand educational history. Viswanathan is also careful not to oversimplify the British educational objectives in India.

Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India, by Gauri Viswanathan (1989)

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.


Douglas rated it liked it May 12, For Gramsci “cultural hegemony” is maintained through the consent of the dominated class which vidwanathan the intellectual and material supremacy of the ruling class. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

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 Alexander Duff. Dhanaraj Rajan rated it really coqnuest it Aug 26, View freely available titles: Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Nitish rated it really liked it May 22, However, missionaries decried such secular practices and insisted upon a more religious reading of English literature. 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.

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Jenn McCollum rated it it was ok Nov 04, Viswaanthan rated it liked it Aug 10, Georgia Soares rated it it was amazing Oct 15, In gauei Prison Notebooks Antonio Gramsci argues that a class can exercise its power not merely by the use of military force but by an institutionalized system of moral and intellectual leadership that propogates certain ideas and beliefs.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

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Shruti Buddhavarapu rated it really liked it Feb 12, Literary Study and British Rule in India. Eric Colvard rated it liked it Jul 07, Viswaathan rated it really liked it Jan 07, Viswanathan argues that British administrators introduced English literary study in India in the early nineteenth century to improve the moral knowledge of Indians.

In order to resolve this dilemma, colonial officials prescribed English literature, infused with Christian imagery, for government schools. The author argues that the literary text 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 political control abetting voluntary cultural assimilation.

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