This article engages autobiographical texts by French historians Fernand Braudel and Annie Kriegal as historiographical sources that help us comprehend the intersection between personal lives and scholarly production. This perspective serves as a reference for comprehending the way historians construct our access to the knowledge of the past to increase our understanding not only of history, but importantly, of the writing of history.
Certain aspects of historical reality can best be captured by literary autobiographies. Historical reality is inherently perspectival. Autobiography effectively describes the universe as it appeared from different acknowledged perspectives, enabling historians to rethink and refeel past experiences. Literary techniques such as irony and metaphor make autobiography a particularly evocative historical source material.
Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882. Diary of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle.
Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 -- Religion.
Nature -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
This essay explores how Darwin's Beagle Diary navigates between geographical and intellectual travel in logging a literal voyage of discovery; it focuses on the diary's allegorical use of geography in a narrative of religious disorientation, and on Darwin's descriptions of the disorienting effects of encountering different cultures and environments.