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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Much of Viswanathan’s work, in fact, concentrates on bringing together various pamphlets, tracts, periodicals, and government sources. Book offers interesting insights on how moral colonialism is propagated through presumptions of intellectual inferiority and gratification; and these intrigues apply at many levels of human vidwanathan interactions as maaks.
While she minutely examines the stances of Utilitarians, Anglicists, and conqest, the absence of chronological benchmarks at regular intervals prevents the reader from fully understanding the shifts in education policies in British India emerging from such debates. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
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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. As a result, between s and the mids, government viswanatyan in India used English literature to explain Christian teachings and emphasize the higher levels of historical progress and moral standards of English society.
To help us prevent spam submissions, please type the maaks in the image below:. In order to resolve this dilemma, colonial officials prescribed English literature, infused with Christian imagery, for government schools. 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.
Open Preview See a Problem? 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.
All photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. However, missionaries decried such secular practices and insisted upon a more religious reading of English literature.
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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. Contact Contact Us Help. Lists with This Book. Return to Book Mazks. Marsha rated it really liked it Dec 10, In his 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.
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