Kobor, Kelli Michele, Orientalism, the construction of race, and the politics of identity in British India, 1800-1930. Ph.D. thesis, Duke University, 1998. Brief summary.
“The central thesis of this dissertation is
that orientalism should be seen as part of the modern global system of
knowledge emerging from the colonial encounter of the 18th to 20th centuries.
Whereas previous scholars of the orientalist project have tended to argue that
it is an essentially Western field of inquiry, this study argues that
orientalism is a fundamentally new intellectual construct, produced by British
writers in association with Indian scholars. Through this Anglo-Indian
orientalism, Western attitudes toward the classification of human “races” were