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Masks of ConquestLiterary Study and British Rule in India$
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Gauri Viswanathan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171694

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171694.001.0001

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Empire and the Western Canon

(p.166) 7 Conclusion
Masks of Conquest

Gauri Viswanathan

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter discusses how the emergence of the discipline of English in colonial India, its origin within strategies of sociopolitical control, gave rise to fresh inquiry into possible implications of empire for current debates on curriculum in general. The knowledge that English developed in colonial times would likely strengthen the claims for a broadening of curriculum to include submerged texts of minority and third world cultures. A principal objective of this book is to draw attention to reconceptualizations of curriculum along these lines, since it became evident that the Eurocentric literary curriculum of the nineteenth century was less a statement of the superiority of the Western tradition than a critical, active instrument of Western hegemony together with commercial expansionism and military action.

Keywords:   English discipline, colonial India, sociopolitical control, third world cultures, Eurocentric literature, Western hegemony

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