: 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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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 conquestt. In the last of six central chapters, however, Viswanathan cleverly points out the inherent contradictions in the colonial project of creating an educated elite. 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.
Chris rated it really liked it Jul 16, Asma rated it really liked it May 11, Preview — Masks of Conquest by Gauri Viswanathan. Matthew Hitchman viswanatban it it was amazing Nov 14, However, missionaries decried such secular practices and insisted upon a more religious reading of English literature. Literary Study and British Rule in India. To help us prevent spam submissions, please type the text in the image below:.
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Other editions – View all Masks of Conquest: Viswanathan ably proves that it is necessary to examine the discourse and the context of the formulation of educational policies to better understand educational history. Viswanathan’s intellectual history of British od practice in India is both a compelling account of the relationship between power and culture and yauri indictment of the exploitative tendencies of ruling class interests. One Power One Mind.
Since Britain professed a policy of religious neutrality, Christian teachings could not be used in India, unlike the situation in Britain. She is the author of “Masks of Conquest: Book titles OR Journal titles. Books by Gauri Viswanathan.
Georgia Soares rated it it was amazing Oct 15, Disha Acharya rated it really liked it Jun 09, Empire and the Western Canon. Want to Read saving…. Vlswanathan 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.
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.
Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India by Gauri Viswanathan
Riya Ghosh rated it liked it Oct 11, Sankar Raj rated it really liked it Jan 18, While she minutely examines the stances of Utilitarians, Anglicists, and missionaries, the absence of chronological benchmarks at regular intervals prevents the reader conqjest fully understanding the shifts in education policies in British India emerging from such debates.
Thanks for gauti us about the problem. Kimi rated it liked it Oct 03, This reversal of stance occurred as British officials realized that a religious reading of English literature did not provide Indians with the proper knowledge to join the colonial administrative services. 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.
In his Prison Notebooks Antonio Gramsci argues that a class can exercise its power not merely gakri the use of military force but by an institutionalized system of moral and intellectual leadership that propogates certain ideas and beliefs.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Initially, Indians studied English literature using poetical devices, such as rhyme, alliteration, and reduplication. Micheal Rumore rated it really liked it Aug 18, 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 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. Dhanaraj Rajan rated it really liked it Aug 26, Katie Holmes rated it really liked it May 02, Subir rated it really liked it Sep 28, Nitish rated it really liked it May 22, My library Help Advanced Book Search.
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Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India
Barbi rated it liked it Aug 10, Columbia University Press Amazon. 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 as well. This book is not yet viswnathan on Listopia. Neeven Rangasamy rated it it was amazing Sep 02, The author argues that the literary text functioned as a mirror of the ideal Viswantahan and became a mask of exploitation that