Project #40563 - Environmental history

Darwin, Charles. Voyage of the Beagle. [1839] London: Penguin Books, 1989, Chapter XIX: "Galapagos Archipelago," pp. 268-290.

Write a short review of the Chapter of Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle assigned this week. For the purpose of this review assume the personality and writing style of a contemporary of Darwin (e.g., a Royal Naval Officer, a naturalist, a theologian, etc.) assigned to review the book for a specific periodical (e.g., Journal of Natural History, Travel and Leisure, Religious News, Royal Navy Weekly). Identify the reviewer and the journal and then proceed to write the review in character.

The purpose of this assignment is to emphasize ideas of historical context. That is, secondary sources (such as reviews, texts, journal accounts) are written by authors who bring their own prejudices and inclinations to their project. To use secondary sources properly one must be aware of the context of that author and their inclinations. By creating a fictional context in this essay, hopefully you will have a better sense of the importance of local context in understanding our varied historical sources.

 

ype and double-space all essays. Place references in parenthetical notes: (Darwin, 1989, 268,). The essay is due in class this week. Late essays will be penalized 5 points per day late. The essays should be approximately 500 words (that is not less than 250 words nor more than 750 words)

 

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