The Heyman Center hosts an all-day conference celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of Gauri Viswanathan's Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India. Viswanathan’s book changed the way we think about English Literature as a "discipline" -- both educational and colonial; it continues to be one of the most important works on the teaching of English in colonial India, and one of the most important analyses for the idea of literature as a conscious strategy of hegemony. In this commemorative event, sixteen of her former students, along with other scholars of postcolonial thought, will give short papers that consider the legacy of this work.
Event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.