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History Seminar

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Tuesday, 9:00am-12:00n, Library 2126
Stacey Davis
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Assignments and Due Dates:

Week One
Voltaire, Candide
Jack Censer, ed., Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Ch. 1 & 2

Week Two
Lynn Hunt, The Family Romance of the French Revolution
Jack Censer, ed., Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Ch. 3

Week Three
William Vaughan, Jacques-Louis David's Marat
Alan Forrest, The French Revolution and the Poor, pgs. 1-33 & 75-97
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Week Four
CLR James, Black Jacobins
Jack Censer, ed., Liberty, Fraternity, Equality, Ch. 4
Due: Book reviews (written and oral), Group 1

Week Five
Hugh Honour, Romanticism
Due: Book reviews (written and oral), Group 2

Week Six
Honore de Balzac, Old Goriot
Due: Book reviews (written and oral), Group 3
Due: Final project topic (one paragraph)

Week Seven
Alain Corbin, The Life of an Unknown: the Rediscovered World of a Clog Maker in 19th Century France
John Merriman, "Demoiselles of the Ariege," in John M. Merriman, ed. 1830 in France
Due: Book reviews (written and oral), Group 4

Week Eight
Emile Zola, Germinal
Due: Annotated bibliography for final project

Thanksgiving Break
No classes, but you'll be working ont he final exam this week.

Week Nine
Gay L. Gullickson, Unruly Women of Paris: Images of the Paris Commune
Due: Remember final exams are due Monday of this week!

Week Ten
Alain Corbin, The Village of Cannibals: Rage and Murder in France, 1870
Due: Written final project; final oral presentations happen today.
Wednesday, December 10: Group presentation to entire program.

Evaluation Week
All evaluation conferences will be held on Monday, December 15, and Tuesday, December 16, so you can go ahead and make holiday travel plans now.

The term "history seminar" is a little misleading, because while our focus will be on understanding the histoyr and lives of French folks during the 18th and 19th centuries, we will be using art and literature as well as traditional history texts to aid us in our inquiry. Our main goal this quarter will be to probe the links between the ideas that elites and intellectuals (like the Enlightenment philosophers, Romantic painters, high-powered politicians, socialist theorists and naturalist writers) had about "the common people," and the identities, desires and realities of actual peasants, artisans, workers, women and enslaved subjects in the colognies. Furthermore, we'll ask: how did the political tumult of the great French Revolution that began in 1789, plus all the "little revolutions" of the 19th century and the birth of democratic and socialist movements, affect everyday folk? And what could everyday folk do to make their needs and desires heard by those at the top? We'll also ask whether we can ever really know what life was like for a Haitian slave, a 19h century clog maker, or a female participant of the 1870 Paris Commune. This work, which will cross the line between history, art and literature - and back again - will continue winter quarter as we move into the 20th century and add a new focus on colonialism/imperialism, including African independence movements, and wars of liberation, from the 1870s through the 1960s.

The following assignmetns are the specific work for the history seminar. The history seminar work is worth 6 credits total. Plase note: Late work is not accepted

Seminar Attendance:
Attendance is mandatory. I will not excuse absences for any reason and "make-up" work is not possible. Students who miss more than 1 seminar during the quarter will jeopardize their credit.

Seminar participation:
In order for seminars to work, each student must read all the assigned material before each week's seminar begins. Also, everyone must participate vocally and often in seminar discussions, both in large conversations and in small group work. Students who do not read, or who do not speak up about the readings, will lose credits.

Book Review:
Each student will write a 5-page book review of one crucial book in 18th or 19th century French history, to be chosen from the list handed out first week. The day the book review is due you will give a very brief (5 minutes) oral review of the book to the seminar. This book review is worth 2 of the 6 seminar credits.

Final individual project:
Each student will choose a project topic of his or her own choice, using primary and secondary academic sources. The topic can cover any aspect of French or French colonial intellectual, social, political, cultural or gender history; art history; or historical aspects of 18th and 19th century Frnech literautre.

Final history program group presentation:
On the very last day of class, each seminar will present to the entire program (hopefully in a creative, engaging and good-humored way) a synopsis of its learning this quarter. This is a way for the students in the other two seminars to see what we've been doing all fall. Our seminar will have 1/2 hour to present. You have free reign to make this group work as creative and fun as it can be.

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