Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India

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Columbia University Press, 1989 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 206 pages
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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. 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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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The Beginnings of English Literary Study
23
Praeparatio Evangelica
45
One Power One Mind
68
Rewriting English
94
Lessons of History
118
The Failure of English
142
Empire and the Western Canon
166
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
187
INDEX
197
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Gauri Viswanathan is a professor of English & comparative literature at Columbia University. She is the author of "Masks of Conquest: Literary Study & British Rule in India" & "Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, & Belief". She lives in New York City.

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