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The texts and media for this course will begin with some commonly assigned works, a sort of minimal common core, to be added upon by the individual student according to his or her self-directed learning plan. This list is organized around the periods in question, with the required, core readings at the top followed by suggested starting places for individual reading and research. Students should use the commenting feature, below, to suggest additional readings for any class period. 

The Renaissance
The Enlightenment
19th Century
20th Century
21st Century

Martin Luther, "From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee" ("Aus Tiefer Not Schrei ich zu Dir")
Michel de Montaigne, "On Cannibals"