write a historical annotation-a short paper that answers some question of historical interest raised in one of our course texts (Wycherley, Behn, Pope, or Swift).
the historical annotation should be like a mini-research project: you will identify a historical or contextual detail about one of the texts, research the topic, and write up the results. The purpose of this assignment is to help you become familiar with locating and using research resources at the library, summarizing research, and documenting your sources. A further purpose is to give you the opportunity to identify and purse a research topic of your own choosing.
what kind of historical details might you research? you might want to know more about eighteenth-century libertines or “rakes,” men like horner or harcourt; you might want to learn more about the history of Surinam or indigenous african tatooing after reading Oroonoko; you might want to learn about cosmetics or coffee or “sword-knots” after reading The Rape of The Lock.
1) identify in our course texts, a historical or cultural detail that draws your attention and raises questions in your mind.
2)develop a research question
3)print sources to answer your research question
4)reputable and reliable websites are more often linked to publicly recognized news and information bodies, like major news and university sites. make sure to use scholarly sources
5)write up the results of your research, including your initial research question and the answer or answers you’ve found.