Part 1. Short Answers
After reading the assigned texts, respond to ten of the following questions concretely and concisely. Write the number of the question next to your response so that I know which question you are responding to. Answers should be around 5 sentences long (~80 words). No citation needed.
Part 2. Long Essay
Write a formal, coherent analysis (~400 words) of the topic below. Please support your argument with at least three texts from the assigned readings, properly citing them (MLA format). You can also refer to outside sources as long as you cite them with a full bibliographic entry, but the majority of your focus should be on the assigned readings.
Topic: How does class inform our understanding of French national identity in the modern period? Feel free to also look at class and national identity formation through the lens of gender, sexuality, race, and/or language.
Part 3. Research essay based on a topic of your choice
This part will take the form of a research project based on a theme, topic, or concept of your choice. Through the lens of the assigned readings’ themes/discussions, you can choose to work on something purely historical or you can situate a present-day issue in historical context.
It will take the form of a traditional paper (approximate 6 pages long, doubled-spaced, 12-pt font, Times New Roman), and you should include at least two peer-reviewed sources and a bibliography page with citation information for all sources used (MLA format).
Tyler Stovall, White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea, Chapter 3: “Black Slavery, White Freedom: Freedom and Race in the Era of Liberal Revolution”
Balzac, Père Goriot
Roger Price, Documents on the French Revolution of 1848, Introduction and selected revolutionary documents
Kristin Ross, “Notes on the ‘Cellular Regime of Nationality,’” History of the Present, 4, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 1—22.
Eugen Weber, Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, ch 6: A Wealth of Tongues and ch 29: Cultures and Civilization
Jules Ferry on Colonization (1884)
Julia Clancy-Smith, “Islam, Gender, and Identities in the Making of French Algeria,” in Domesticating the Empire: Race, Gender, and Family Life in French and Dutch Colonialism (University Press of Virginia, 1998), 154–174
Schwartz, Spectacular Realities, Chapter 1, 13–44.