: Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India (Social Foundations of Aesthetic Forms) (): Gauri Viswanathan. 7 Oct Gauri Viswanathan provides a fascinating account of the ideological motivations behind the introduction of English literary education in British. Gauri Viswanathan. Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India. New York: Columbia UP, pp. $ In his Prison Notebooks Antonio .

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Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. In the last of six central chapters, however, Viswanathan cleverly points out the inherent contradictions in the colonial project of creating an educated elite.

The Beginnings of English Literary Study. Native American Literatures and Native American That the People Viswaathan Live: 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. 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.

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Marsha rated it really liked it Dec 10, Indeed, Viswanathan sometimes professes a greater interest in imperial representatives viswanatan in the material conditions that produced their work.

Open Preview See a Problem? Matthew Viswanathsn rated it it was amazing Nov 14, Since Britain professed a policy of religious neutrality, Christian teachings could not be used in India, unlike the situation in Britain. Previously, scholars merely studied the transformative effects of British education to understand the historical function of educational policies. She studies the shifts in the curriculum and relates such developments to debates over the objectives of English education both among the British administrators, as well as between missionaries and colonial officials.


Viswanathan is also careful not to gxuri the British educational objectives in India.

Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India

Shruti Buddhavarapu rated it really liked it Feb 12, She lives in New York City. Maurice Ebileeni rated it it was amazing Jan 01, 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 social interactions viswanathsn well.

In order to resolve vswanathan dilemma, colonial officials prescribed English literature, infused with Christian imagery, for government schools.

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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sachin rated it it was ok Jul 03, 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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Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India, by Gauri Viswanathan (1989)

My library Help Advanced Book Search. The value of Masks of Conquest finally is its important reminder that educational systems and curriculum developments must be judged in historical perspective. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

All photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Georgia Soares rated it it was amazing Oct 15, No trivia or quizzes yet. Hardcoverpages. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Micheal Rumore rated it really liked it Aug 18, 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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Literary Study and British Rule in India 3. However, missionaries decried such secular practices and insisted upon a more religious reading of English literature.

Viswanathan gives a detailed account of the various debates that influenced the introduction of English literary study in India. One Power One Mind. Want to Read saving…. 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 government.

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