Professor Robert Andre LaFleur, Ph.D.

Professor Robert Andre LaFleur
  • Beloit College
  • University of Chicago
The myth that began all Chinese myths tells the story, not of how the world began, but of a culture hero who transformed daily human life.

Professor Robert André LaFleur is Professor of History and Anthropology at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he has taught since 1998. Having graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Carleton College, Professor LaFleur received his doctorate from The University of Chicago’s John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, where he combined work in three distinct fields: anthropology, history, and Chinese literature.

Professor LaFleur’s current work combines historical research using Chinese, Japanese, and Korean sources with anthropological fieldwork on each of China’s five sacred mountains. He is also doing research for an intellectual biography of Marcel Granet, a French scholar of China.

Professor LaFleur received the Charles S. Bassett Teaching Award from Colby College in 1998, as well as the James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from Beloit College in 2001 and 2011. He was also a finalist in 2010 for the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Historical Association. He is the recipient of a Millicent C. McIntosh Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and has been a frequent visiting scholar with the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research in the Humanities and the East-West Center in Honolulu. In 2013, Professor LaFleur gave a month-long series of lectures and seminars at Beijing University. He spent 2014 on a research fellowship at the Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung (International Consortium for Research in the Humanities) in Erlangen, Germany.

Professor LaFleur is the lead author and editor of two textbooks: China: A Global Studies Handbook and a thoroughly revised and expanded version, Asia in Focus: China. He has published book chapters and articles about topics ranging from Chinese historiography, literature, and calendars to ethnicity and mythology. He also has presented dozens of research papers on topics ranging from China, Japan, and Korea to the history and anthropology of Oceania.

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  1. Great Mythologies of the World Sale

    Great Mythologies of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.
  2. Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius Sale

    Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius

    Robert Andre LaFleur
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    89% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    With Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius, explore one of the world’s most important philosophical texts. Filled with rich historical context, detailed close readings of key passages, and stories of Confucius and his students (and critics), these 24 lectures are required learning for anyone who wants a solid grasp of Eastern philosophy—and the ways a single book can cross cultures to inspire an entire...
  3. (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $729.90 $429.90$729.90
    Discover an often-overlooked, but equally important, side of human philosophy with this two-course set. Enjoy an adventurous exploration of one of the world’s most important philosophical texts with Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius. Then, partake in an epic, comprehensive survey of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers with Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition.
  4. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Greek Tragedy Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Greek Tragedy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,024.90 Starting at $1,024.90 $1,024.90 $1,024.90$1,024.90
    Ancient stories have influenced modern literature in a plethora of ways – from plots, to characters, to the morals they teach. Take a deep-dive into some of the greatest stories ever told with this two-course set. Learn the origins of timeless myths from around five continents with Great Mythologies of the World and then take a deep dive into some of the most compelling Greek dramas written with Greek Tragedy.
  5. (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Foundations of Eastern Civilization Set on sale

    (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $748.00 Starting at $61.90 $899.90 $61.90$899.90
    Explore the fascinating story of Eastern civilization and the consequences that matter deeply to our lives today with this two-course set. Broaden your philosophical view of the world, and of East Asian history, with Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius. Then, take a grand journey to explore the big accomplishments of Eastern civilization, from the material economy to the political and religious philosophies...
  6. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Heroes and Legends Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Heroes and Legends

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $1,024.90 $749.90$1,024.90
    The abundant stories of the world helped define and shape our civilizations. Explore the origins, heroes, villains, and messages from the some of the great cultures with this two-course set. Start with the Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature to discover memorable characters in fiction. Then explore the archetypes provided the basis for these stories in Great Mythologies of the World.
  7. (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $599.90 $399.90$599.90
    Grasp the essential nature of meditation and mindful awareness with this two-course set. Illuminate Confucian teachings - and make them work in your own life with Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius. Then, take a dynamic exploration of your own mind, giving you a clear and useable understanding of the essence of meditation and how to practice it with Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.
  8. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Cultural Literacy for Religion Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Cultural Literacy for Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $1,024.90 $749.90$1,024.90
    Explore the religious, cultural, and historical context and impact of some of the most famous stories of all times with this two-course set. Discover some of the most important and influential ancient stories from five continents with Great Mythologies of the World. Then Cultural Literacy for Religion will explore how religion informs our everyday lives, from art and music to laws and civic engagement.
  9. (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $729.90 $429.90$729.90
    Examine the influence of major philosophical figures and works with this two-course set. Start by illuminating the Confucian teachings—and make them work in your own life with Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius. Then, travel deep into the life stories and legacies of four iconic figures, revealing the core, original teachings and thoughts of Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad.
  10. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Classical Mythology Set on sale

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Classical Mythology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $851.00 Starting at $111.90 $1,024.90 $111.90$1,024.90
    No matter how much you think you know mythology, this two-course set will open your eyes to fascinating, new insights. Great Mythologies of the World will introduce you to the ancient stories of ancient civilizations for five continents, while Classic Mythology will provide a deep dive into primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology from Athena to Zeus.
  11. (Set) Native Peoples of North America & Great Mythologies of the World Set

    (Set) Native Peoples of North America & Great Mythologies of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,024.90 $549.90$1,024.90
    Reveal a new side of history with this two-course set. Start by enriching your understanding of Native America and its diverse peoples with Native Peoples of North America. Then, look at the history of ancient civilizations through the lens of the stories they told in Great Mythologies of the World.
  12. (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Meaning of Life Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $729.90 $429.90$729.90
    This two-course set ponders the question: What is the meaning of life? Enjoy an exploration of one of the world’s most important philosophical texts with Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius. Then, take a vigorous and wide-ranging exploration of what various traditions have contributed to this profound line of questioning with Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions.
  13. (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Myth in Human History Set

    (Set) Great Mythologies of the World & Myth in Human History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,154.90 Starting at $1,154.90 $1,154.90 $1,154.90$1,154.90
    Powerful gods, fearless heroes, frightening monsters, ingenious tricksters, and epic battles are just the beginning of your adventures with this two-course set exploring the engrossing world of myths. Great Mythologies of the World introduces you to the ancient yet timeless stories of five continents. Myth in Human History delves into mythology's profound importance in shaping nearly every aspect of culture.