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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Confucius and the World Syllabus, Spring 2019 (b)

On this date on Round and Square's History 
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Click here for the other half of this two-part syllabus post:
HIST 150: Weeks 1-8                  HIST 150: Weeks 9-16
[a] 孔子 RF
Confucius and the World
History 150
Spring 2019
TTh 10:00-11:50
Robert André LaFleur                                                             Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 206                                                             Tuesday        5:30-7:00
363-2005                                                                               Thursday      4:00-5:30

lafleur@beloit.edu                                                              
Required Books           
Ames, Roger and Harry Rosemont. The Analects of Confucius.
Chin, Annping. Confucius: The Analects.
Chin, Annping. The Authentic Confucius.
Fingarette, Herbert. Confucius: The Secular as Sacred.
Major, John and Constance Cook. Ancient China: A History 
Gardner, Daniel. Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction.
Gardner, Daniel. The Four Books.
Gardner, Daniel. Zhu Xi's Reading of the Analects.
Lau, D.C. Confucius: The Analects.
Nylan, Michael. The Analects.Paramore, Kiri. Japanese Confucianism
Slingerland, Edward. The Analects (with selections from traditional commentaries).


Reserve Books or Handouts
LaFleur, Robert. Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius (foreword and afterword).
LaFleur, Robert. Confucius's Analects—A Social Translation.
Makeham, John. Transmitters and Creators.
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Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual (required in all history classes)
Character notebook (for practicing Chinese characters) 
The New York Review of Books (NYRB)

Course Description
Confucius (551-479 BCE) taught a wide range of disciples during a time we have come to know as the "Spring and Autumn" period of China's Zhou dynasty. His teaching was interspersed with travel and concerted attempts to find employment in the service of one of the budding and ambitious states of a changing society. After his death, his students compiled his teachings into a series of "analects"—brief observations about human behavior, social structure, and ritual conduct that would carry enormous power throughout the course of Chinese history.
Confucius could never have known that his teachings would be studied and adapted for twenty-five centuries. He also could not have anticipated the ways that those teachings would be transformed into something that has carried his name during that time (Western renderings often put it into the form called "Confucianism"). This course will introduce Confucius's Analects and trace their journey through the widely disparate period that make up Chinese history to the present day. Through it all, we will consider a "living" Confucius and a "living" text that continues to exert a profound influence on the world both within and well beyond China.

Evaluation
Quizzes.............................................15% 
Brief Essay and Rewrite....................  5%
Letter Assignment.............................15%
Exam I...............................................15%
Midterm analysis...............................15
Exam II..............................................15%
Final Paper........................................20%
Class attendance and participation is expected.  
Late assignments will be penalized.

Click here for the other half of this two-part syllabus post:
HIST 150: Weeks 1-8                  HIST 150: Weeks 9-16

HIST 150—Introduction to Historical Thinking
Confucius and the World

Week IX
Tuesday, March 19
LaFleur, Books That Matter: Confucius and the Analects, Lecture 19
Major and Cook, Ancient China, 197-231
          The Western Han Through the Reign of Emperor Wu
Nylan, The Analects, 1-61
     Books 1-20
 Nylan, The Analects, 127-292
     129 Nicolas Zuffrey, "On the Ru and Confucius"
     140 Robert Eno, "In Search of the Origins of Confucian Traditions in Lu"
     152 Mark Csikszentmihalyi and Tae Hyun Kim, "The Formation of the Analects"
     166 Eric Hutton, "Mencius, Xunzi, and the Legacy of Confucius"
     178 Luke Habberstad, "The Sage and His Associates"
     192 Julia K. Murray, "Visualizing Confucius and His Disciples..."
     216 Thomas Wilson, "Reading the Analects in the Sage's Courtyard..."
     230 Sébastien Billioud and Vincent Goossaert, "Confucius and His Texts..."
     243 Yuming He, "Talking Back to the Master: Play and Subversion..."
     258 Henry Rosemont, "On 'New Confucianism'"
     271 Sam Ho, "Confucius on Film: Toward a Confucian Aesthetics"

Bring Notebooks to Class
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Fifty Analects Assignment
Due on Sunday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m.
(my office—MI 206)


Week X
March 26, 28
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, Books That Matter: Confucius and the Analects, Lecture 20
Slingerland, Confucius: The Analects, 1-235
            Books 1-20
Major and Cook, Ancient China, 232-248
          The Later Western Han and the Wang Mang Interregnum

Bring Notebooks to Class
***  ***
Read the Confucian Finale Assignment
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 (MI 206)

Week XI
April 2, 4
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, Books That Matter: Confucius and the Analects, Lecture 21
Major and Cook, Ancient China, 232-248
          The Later Western Han and the Wang Mang Interregnum

Bring Notebooks to Class
***  ***
Read the Confucian Finale Assignment
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 (MI 206)

Week XII
April 9, 11
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, Books That Matter: Confucius and the Analects, Lecture 22
Major and Cook, Ancient China, 249-270
          The Han Restoration, the Eastern Han Dynasty, and the Three Kingdoms Period
 
Bring Notebooks to Class
***  ***
Read the Confucian Finale Assignment
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 (MI 206)

Week XIII
Tuesday, April 16, 18
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, Books That Matter: Confucius and the Analects, Lecture 23
Gardner, Zhu Xi's Reading of the Analects, 1-181
     Introduction
     Learning 
     True Goodness
     Ritual
     Ruling
     The Superior Man and the Way
     Conclusion
Makeham, Transmitters and Creators (.pdf filesent to your e-mail address).
            Introduction
            Epilogue
Bring Notebooks to Class
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Read the Confucian Finale Assignment
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 (MI 206)
  
Week XIV
Tuesday, April 23, 25
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, Books That Matter: Confucius and the Analects, Lecture 24
xxx, xxx
          xxx

Bring Notebooks to Class
***  ***
Read the Confucian Finale Assignment
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 (MI 206)

Week XV
Tuesday, April 30
Discuss Exam II

Thursday, May 2
Exam 2 (in-class)
Bring Notebooks to Class for Final Evaluation
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Click here for the other half of this two-part syllabus post:
HIST 150: Weeks 1-8                  HIST 150: Weeks 9-16
[c] Reverential RF

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