Rewriting English: Gauri Viswanathan’s Masks of Conquest at Twenty-Five

Friday, November 7, 2014  9:30am - 5:30pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Society of Fellows in the Humanities

University Seminars

Columbia University Press

Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

Department of English

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

New York University Department of English

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.


  • Sunil Agnani

    Associate Professor of English and History

    University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Dohra Ahmad

    Associate Professor of English

    St. John's University

  • Siraj Ahmed

    Associate Professor of English

    Lehman College, City University of New York

  • Moustafa Bayoumi

    Professor of English

    Brooklyn College, The City University of New York

  • Sarah Phillips Casteel

    Associate Professor of English

    Carleton University

  • Una Chaudhuri

    Collegiate Professor and Professor of English and Drama

    New York University Abu Dhabi

  • Suzanne Daly

    Associate Professor of English

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Elaine Freedgood

    Professor of English

    New York University

  • Isabel Hofmeyr

    Professor of African Literature

    University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

  • Radhika Jones

    Deputy Managing Editor

    Time Magazine

  • Helen Kapstein

    Assistant Professor of English

    John Jay College of Criminal Justice

  • Anjuli Raza Kolb

    Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature

    Williams College

  • Sanjay Krishnan

    Associate Professor of English

    Boston University

  • Michael Malouf

    Associate Professor of English

    George Mason University

  • Amy Martin

    Associate Professor of English

    Mount Holyoke College

  • Joshua L. Miller

    Associate Professor of English

    University of Michigan

  • Cóilín Parsons

    Assistant Professor of English

    Georgetown University

  • Sonali Perera

    Associate Professor of English

    Hunter College, City University of New York

  • Sailaja Sastry

    Lecturer in English

    Barnard College

  • Richard Jean So

    Assistant Professor of English

    University of Chicago

  • Tim Watson

    Associate Professor of English

    University of Miami


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