Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India

Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India

by Gauri Viswanathan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231070853

ISBN-13: 9780231070850

Pub. Date: 09/01/1992

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Masks of Conquest traces modern English studies to its colonial origin. The book reveals that English literature as a subject in the curriculum was established in India well before its institutionalization in England and had its beginnings as a strategy of colonial management. Gauri Viswanathan probes tensions in British policy making between secular and religious…  See more details below

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Masks of Conquest traces modern English studies to its colonial origin. The book reveals that English literature as a subject in the curriculum was established in India well before its institutionalization in England and had its beginnings as a strategy of colonial management. Gauri Viswanathan probes tensions in British policy making between secular and religious impulses and shows how these were developed in new cultural meanings for English literature. She argues that in the political gamesmanship of colonial administration, the literary text functioned as a mirror of the ideal Englishman, camouflaging the material activities of the British government. The author goes on to propose that since the discipline of English literary studies developed in colonial times, the current challenges to the literary canon, both in India and elsewhere, must take account of the role of empire in the creation of modern English studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231070850
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Series:
The Social Foundations of Aesthetic Forms Ser.
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The Beginnings of English Literary Study23
2Praeparatio Evangelica45
3"One Power, One Mind"68
4Rewriting English94
5Lessons of History118
6The Failure of English142
7Conclusion: Empire and the Western Canon166
Notes171
Select Bibliography187
Index197

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