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Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Other Studies Another Syllabus, Spring 2019

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[a] Other-Another RF
The Other Studies Another
HIST 310
Spring 2019
Tuesdays 7:10-11:00

Robert André LaFleur                                              Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 206                                                  Tuesdays 5:30-7:00
363-2005                                                                    Thursdays 4:00-5:30            
                                                                                   lafleur@beloit.edu
Required Books          
New York Review of Books (copies available at Turtle Creek Bookstore) 
Round and Square Blog (www.robert-lafleur.blogspot.com) 
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Durkheim, Emile. Selected Writings (Cambridge).
Fournier, Marcel. Marcel Mauss: A Biography. 
Granet, Marcel. Festivals and Songs in Ancient China. 
Granet, Marcel. The Religion of the Chinese People. 
Granet, Marcel. Chinese Civilization. 
Granet, Marcel. Chinese Thought. 
Higonnet, Patrice. Paris: Capital of the World. 
James, Wendy. Marcel Mauss: A Centenary Tribute (Berghahn, 1998).
Kern, Stephen. The Culture of Time and Space: 1880-1918. 
Lukes, Stephen. Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work. 
Mauss, Marcel. Manual of Ethnography (Berghahn, 2007).
Mauss, Marcel. The Gift. 
Robb, Graham. Discovery of France. 
Tuchman, Barbara. The Guns of August
Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eight Days. 
Weber, Eugene. Peasants into Frenchmen. 

Evaluation  
Quizzes/attendance                   10%  
Letter Assignment                      10%
Research Prospectus                   5%
Midterm Exam                            10% 
Research Proposal                     10
Research Presentation               10%
Research Paper                         45%                        
Daily attendance and class participation are expected; absences during the semester will affect your grade. Late assignments will be penalized. 

HIST 310
The Other Studies Another
Spring 2019

Week I
A Big, New World—1
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Jules Verne. Around the World in Eighty Days 
Le Tour de la France—Introduction
Le Tour de la France—Read ALL ELEVEN posts!!!  (the links are clearly marked)

1,000-word "miniature" review essay examining
themes in Le Tour de la France and Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days

This should be written as a brief, but well-structured 
academic essay, and not an "informal" work.
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27
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Week II
A Big, New World—2
January 29 
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Granet, The Religion of the Chinese People: 1-29
                  Maurice Freedman, “Marcel Granet, 1884-1940, Sociologist”          
Stein, The World in Miniature: 1-3 (.pdf file)
                  In Memory of Marcel Granet                                                     
LaFleur, "La Pensée Categorique" (.pdf file)
Stephen Kern. The Culture of Time and Space: 1880-1918 
                  The Nature of Time
                  The Past
                  The Present
                  The Future
                  Speed
                  The Nature of Space
                  Form
                  Distance
                  Direction
                  Temporality of the July Crisis
                  The Cubist War
                  Conclusion
Anthony Giddens. Emile Durkheim: Selected Writings, 1-50
                   Durkheim’s writings in sociology and social philosophy
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Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m.
Hard copy in my office (MI 206)
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Week III 
Durkheim, Mauss, Granet—1 
February 5 
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, Chinese Thought Front Matter (.pdf file)
Marcel Granet. Festivals and Songs in Ancient China
             I  The Love Songs of the Shih Ching 
                   Introduction                                          
                   How to Read a Classic
                   Rustic Themes                                                                 
                   Village Loves                                                                  
                   Songs of the Rivers and Mountains                       
             II  The Ancient Festivals 
                   Local Festivals                                                  
                   Facts and Interpretations                                    
                   The Seasonal Rhythm                                         
                   The Holy Places                                                
                   The Contests                                                                 
                    Conclusion                                                        
 Marcel Granet. The Religion of the Chinese People: 33-156
                         Preface        
                         Peasant Religion
                              Rural Life
                              Holy Places and Peasant Festivals
                              Ancient Beliefs
                              Popular Mythology and Folklore
                         Feudal Religion
                              The Life of the Nobles
                              The Cult of Heaven
                              Agrarian Cults
                              The Cult of the Ancestors
                              Mythology
                  The Official Religion
                              The Literati
                              Orthodox Metaphysics and Morality
                              Cults and Beliefs
                  Religious Revivals
                              Taoism
                              Buddhism
                  Religious Sentiment in Modern China
Anthony Giddens, Emile Durkheim: Selected Writings, 51-107
                        The field of sociology
                        Methods of explanation and analysis     
           
Week I Rewrite Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10
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Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m.
Hard copy in my office (MI 206)
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Week IV
Durkheim, Mauss, Granet—2 
See the Class Attendance Policy 
February 12
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Steven Lukes. Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work
                  Part One: Youth: 1858-87 
                        Childhood
                        The Ecole  Normale Supérieure
                        The New Science of Sociology
                        Visit to Germany            
                  Part Two: Bordeaux: 1887-1902 
                        Durkheim at Bordeaux
                        The Theory and Practice of Education
                        Social Solidarity and the Division of Labor
                        The Family and Kinship
                        Suicide
                        The Method and Subject Matter of Sociology
                        The Sociology of Religion-I
                        The History of Socialism
                        The Sociology of Law and Politics
                        The History of Sociology
                        The Année sociologique 
                        The Reception of Durkheim’s Ideas
                        Socialism, the Dreyfus Affair and Secular Education 
                  Part Three: Paris: 1902-1917 
                        Durkheim at the Sorbonne
                        The History of Education in France
                        Durkheimian Sociology: Its Context and Relation to Other Disciplines
                        The Sociology of Morality
                        The Sociology of Knowledge
                        The Sociology of Religion-II
                        Pragmatism and Sociology
                        Durkheim and His Critics
                        Practical Concerns
                        The War
Anthony Giddens, Emile Durkheim: Selected Writings, 108-154.
                        The Science of Morality
                        Moral obligation, duty and freedom
                        Forms of social solidarity
                        The division of labour and social differentiation
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Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m.
Hard copy in my office (MI 206)
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Week V
Durkheim, Mauss, Granet—3 
See the Class Attendance Policy 
February 19
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Marcel Fournier. Marcel Mauss: A Biography
                            Introduction 
                  Part I: Durkheim’s Nephew 
                        Épinal, Bordeaux, Paris
                        Student at the École Pratique des Haute Études
                        Rites of Institution: Early Publications and Travel Abroad 
                  Part II: The Totem and Taboo Clan 
                        In the Cenacle
                        Citizen Mauss
                        Rue Saint-Jacques
                        Journalist at Humanité
                        Collective Madness
                        A Heated Battle at the Collège de France: The Loisy Affair
                        Not a Very Funny War 
                  Part III: The Heir 
                        (The Socialist) Life Goes On
                        A Burdensome Inheritance
                        The Institute d’Ethnologie
                        Sociology, a Lost Cause? 
                  Part IV: Recognition 
                        A Place at the Collège de France
                        Where Professors Devour One Another
                        Enough to Make You Despair of Politics
                        The Time of Myths
                        Epilogue: The War and Postwar Years
Anthony Giddens, Emile Durkheim: Selected Writings, 155-202
                        Analysis of socialist doctrines
                        Anomie and the moral structure of industry
                        Political sociology
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Letter Assignment Due by 5:00 p.m.
 on Sunday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m.
Hard copy in my office (MI 206)
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Week VI
Durkheim, Mauss, Granet—4 
See the Class Attendance Policy 
February 26
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Marcel Mauss, Manual of Ethnography
             Part I: Organization and Innovation in the French System of Higher Education 
                  The French System of Higher Education: Basic Institutional Structures
                  Patrons and Clusters: The Informal Structure of the French University System 
             Part II: The Institutionalization of the Social Sciences 
                  Prophetic Precursors: Positivists, Le Playists, and Anthropologists
                  The Social Statisticians
                  The International Sociologists
                  The Durkheimians and the University 
             Part III: Continuities and Discontinuities 
                  French Social Science Since 1914
                  Conclusion
Marcel Mauss, The Gift 
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                   xxx
Anthony Giddens, Emile Durkheim: Selected Writings, 203-268
                   The social bases of education
                   Religion and ritual
                   Secularisation and rationality
                   Sociology of knowledge  
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Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m.
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Week VII
Durkheim, Mauss, Granet—5 
March 5
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Marcel Granet. Chinese Civilization (skim). Get to know the structure and themes.                Second Part—Chinese Society 
            Book One: The People of the Plains
                        Life in the Fields                                                                        
                        Peasant Customs                                                                       
            Book Two: The Foundation of the Chieftainships                
                        Holy Places and Cities                                                               
                        Diffused Powers and Individual Authority                                     
                        Male Gods and Chieftains                                                          
                        Rivalries of Brotherhoods                                                                       
                        The Agnatic Dynasties                                                                
                        The Increments of Prestige                                                          
                        The Principles of Infeudation                                                       
            Book Three—The Seigniorial Town
                  The Town                                                                                 
                  The Overlord                                                                            
                  Public Life                                                                                
                  Private Life                                                                               
            Book Four—Society at the Beginning of the Imperial Era   
                  The Emperor                                                                             
                  Social Changes                                                                          
                  Conclusion                                                                                 
    Marcel Granet. Chinese Thought (read very carefully)
                   Introduction                                                                              
            Book One: The Expression of Thought
                        Language and Literature
                        Style                                                                
            Book Two: The Directive Ideas
                        Time and Space
                         Yin and Yang
                         Numbers
                         The Dao                                                                 
            Book Three: The System of the World
                        The Microcosm
                         The Macrocosm
                         Etiquette                                                                 
            Book Four: Sects and Schools
                        The Techniques of Government
                        The Techniques of 
                         The Techniques of Holiness
                         Confucian Orthodoxy
                      Conclusion

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Week VIIISpring Break
Exam and Proposal Week
March 19
Exam (in class)
Research Proposal Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24
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Week X
A Changing France—1
March 26
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Robb, Graham. The Discovery of France 
          Part One
                  The Undiscovered Continent
                  The Tribes of France I
                  The Tribes of France II
                  O Òc Sí Bai Ya Win Oui Awè Jo Ja Oua
                  Living in France I: The Face in the Museum
                  Living in France II: A Simple Life
                  Fairies, Virgins, Gods, and Priests
                  Migrants and Communters
       Interlude: The Sixty Million Others
          Part Two
                  Maps
                  Empire
                  Travelling in France I: The Avenues of Paris
                  Travelling in France II: The Hare and the Tortoise
                  Colonization
                  The Wonders of France
                  Postcards of the Natives
                  Lost Provinces
                  Journey to the Centre of France
                  Epilogue: Secrets 
Final Research Papers Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. 
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Week XI
A Changing France—2
April 2

Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Weber, Peasants into Frenchmen
                  Introduction 
             Part I: The Way Things Were 
                  A Country of Savages
                  The Mad Beliefs
                  The King’s Foot
                  Alone With One’s Fellows
                  From Justice, Lord, Deliver Us!
                  A Wealth of Tongues
                  France, One and Indivisible
                  The Working of the Land
                  Give Us This Day
                  From ‘Subsistance’ to ‘Habitat’
                  The Family 
             Part II: The Agencies of Change 
                  Roads, Roads, and Still More Roads
                  Keeping Up With Yesterday
                  Rus in Urbe
                  Peasants and Politics
                  Migration: An Industry of the Poor
                  Migration of Another Sort: Military Service
                  Civilizing in Earnest: Schools and Schooling
                  Dieu Et-il Français?
                  The Priests and the People 
              Part III: Change and Assimilation 
                  The Way of All Feasts
                  Charivaris
                  Markets and Fairs
                  Veillées
                  The Oral Wisdom
                  Fled is That Music
                  Le Papier Qui Parle
                  Wring Out the Old
                  Cultures and Civilization 
Final Research Papers Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. 
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Week XII
A Changing France—3
April 9

Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Patrice Higonnet. Paris: Capital of the World 
                  A City of Myths
                  Capital of the Modern Self
                  Capital of Revolution
                  Mysterious Capital of Crime
                  Negative Myths of La Parisienne
                  Capital of Science
                  Reading the Parisian Myths
                  Capital of Alienation
                  Paris in the World
                  Three Literary Visions
                  Capital of Pleasure
                  The American Imagination
                  From Myth to Phantasmagoria
                  The Surrealists’ Quest
                  Capital of Art
                  A Universal City 
Final Research Papers Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. 
Week XIII 
A Changing France—4
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Barbara Tuchman. The Guns of August 
                  1. A Funeral
                  Plans
                  2. "Let the Last Man on the Right Brush the Channel...
                  3. The Shadow of Sedan
                  4. "A Single British Soldier..."
                  5. The Russian Steam Roller
                  Outbreak
                  6. August 1: Berlin
                  7. August 1: Paris and London
                  8. Ultimatum in Brussels
                  9. "Home Before the Leaves Fall"
                  Battle
                10. "Goeben...An Enemy Then Flying"  
                11. Liège and Alsace
                12. BEF to the Continent
                13. Sambre et Meuse
                14. Debacle: Lorraine, Ardennes, Charleroi, Mons
                15. "The Cossacks Are Coming!"
                16. Tannenberg
                17. The Flames of Louvain
                18. Blue Water, Blockade, and the Great Neutral
                19. Retreat
                20. The Front is Paris
                21. Von Kluck's Turn
                22. "Gentlemen, We Will Fight on the Marne"
                      Afterword
                  Final Research Papers Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.
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Week XIV
[c] Writing One Another RF

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