This course centers on a series of autobiographical narratives composed between the fourth and twentieth centuries, which serve as points of entry into specific moments in the European past: the last years of the Roman Empire, the age of the Crusades, the Italian Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Victorian era, and the First World War. In the first part of the semester students practice the historian's craft of primary source analysis and study each major text and its context in depth. The course culminates in an independent research project on an historical topic relevant to the course, chosen in consultation with the instructor. Affiliate department: Honors.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program. SSI2 enrollment requires completion of SSI1 seminar.