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Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India

Gauri Viswanathan


A work in postcolonial studies, this text describes the introduction of English studies in India under British rule and illuminates the discipline's transcontinental movements and derivations, showing that the origins of English studies are as diverse and diffuse as its future shape. The text also argues forcefully that the curricular study of English can no longer be understood innocently of or inattentively to the imperial contexts in which the discipline first articulated its mission.

Keywords: postcolonial studies, British rule, transcontinental movements, derivations, English studies, curricular study, imperial context

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231171694
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171694.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gauri Viswanathan, author