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Gauri Viswanathan

Gauri Viswanathan, Indian, American English educator, scholar. Recipient Harry Lenin prize American Comparative Literature Association, Amanda Coomaraswamy prize Association Asian Studies; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellow, 1986-1988, National Endowment of the Humanities summer fellow, 1990, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow, 1990-1991, American Institute Indian Studies senior fellow, 1991, 93-94.


  • Viswanathan, Gauri was born on November 5, 1950 in Calcutta, India. Came to the United States, 1982. Daughter of Television and Subbalakshmi Viswanathan.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Delhi, 1971. Master of Arts, University Delhi, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1985.


    • Lecturer in English University Delhi, Delhi, India, 1978-1985, Barnard College, New York City, 1985-1986. Lecturer in English, Mellon fellow Columbia University, 1986-1988. Assistant professor English University Massachusetts, Amherst, 1988-1989.

      Associate professor English and comparative literature Columbia University, New York City, 1989—1998, professor English and comparative literature, since 1998, Class of 1933 Professor in Humanities, since 2000.


    • Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India
    • A classic work in postcolonial studies, Masks of Conquest describes the introduction of English studies in India under British rule and illuminates the discipline's transcontinental movements and derivations, showing that the origins of English studies are as diverse and diffuse as its future shape.


    Member Modern Language Association (James Russell Lowell prize, Association Asian Studies.


    • father: Television Viswanathan
    • mother: Subbalakshmi Viswanathan
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    Born November 5, 1950
    (age 67)
    • 1971
      University Delhi
    • 1973
      University Delhi
    • 1985
      Columbia University
    • 1978 - 1985
      Lecturer, in English University Delhi
      Delhi, India, India
    • 1985 - 1986
      Lecturer, in English University Delhi
    • 1986 - 1988
      lecturer, Columbia University
    • 1986 - 1988
      Mellon fellow, Columbia University
    • 1988 - 1989
      assistant, professor English University Massachusetts
      Amherst, Ohio, United States
    • 1989 - 1998
      associate, professor English and comparative literature Columbia University
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