Published in 1978, Edward Said's book coined the term "Orientalism" to refer to how the West looks at the East. Many agree that this is the definitive starting point of post-colonial theory.
One of the most influential figures in contemporary post-colonial studies. Developed key concepts such as hybridity, mimicry, and ambivalence.
Purdue's OWL has been a trusted resource for academic writing in general. This section is a good starting point for researchers canvasing post-colonial criticism.
A good crash-course by Khan Academy, with plenty of examples in art and literature to illustrate its aesthetic, from past to present.
Nochlin was a celebrated art historian, who passed away in 2017. Most well-known for her feminist approach in her works, she also wrote the famous essay "The Imaginary Orient."
A lesser-known piece by Nochlin, Chapter 3 of her book The Politics of Vision is a deep dive into the mystification of the Orient.
A casual Buzzfeed article on how Orientalism exists in Hollywood productions, mostly in reaction to Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs.
Homi Bhabha develops the theory of cultural hybridity through questioning identity, social agency, and national affiliation.
Comprehensive glossary with cross-referencing, suggestions for further reading, and a bibliography of essential writings from A-Z.
A MET Museum Costume Institute essay on Orientalism as seen in Western fashion throughout history.
Designs and architecture based on the ideas of Chinese design - "chinoiserie" - became highly fashionable in Europe.
Tracing the West's interest in non-Western art, caused primarily by trade with the East in the 16-17th centuries, as well as Imperialism.
An aesthetic style birthed out of the reopening of Japanese ports to trade with the West in 1853, with an influx of imported exotic items.