This book traces modern English studies to its colonial origin. It reveals that English literary study was established in India well before its institutionalization in England and had its beginnings as a strategy of colonial management. The author demonstrates that English literature is inextricably linked to the politics of empire while she challenges contemporary assumptions about canon formation and modern literary study.
About the Author:
GAURI VISWANATHAN is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbai University, New York.