Gauri Viswanathan

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Gauri Viswanathan TC '84 PhD '85 is the Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities and a professor in the English Department. Her stated interests include education, religion, and culture, 19th century British and colonial cultural studies, and the history of disciplines. She is notable for asserting that the modern study of English literature emerged from British colonial practices in India.


  • Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India (1989)
  • Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief (1998)