Forest Family highlights the importance of the old-growth forests of Southwest Australia to art, culture, history, politics, and community identity. The volume weaves together the natural and cultural histories of Southwest eucalypt forests, spanning pre-settlement, colonial, and contemporary periods. The contributors critique a range of content including historical documents, music, novels, paintings, performances, photography, poetry, and sculpture representing ancient Australian forests.
Forest Family centers on the relationship between old-growth nature and human culture through the narrative strand of the Giblett family of Western Australia and the forests in which they settled during the nineteenth century. The volume will be of interest to general readers of environmental history, as well as scholars in critical plant studies and the environmental humanities.
John C. Ryan, Ph.D. (2011), Edith Cowan University, is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of New England, Australia, and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. He is the author of
Plants in Contemporary Poetry (Routledge, 2018).
Rod Giblett, Ph.D. (1988), Murdoch University, is Honorary Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities at Deakin University, Australia. He is the author of
Environmental Humanities and Theologies: Ecoculture, Literature, and the Bible (Routledge, 2018).
"This work also makes a worthy contribution to post-dualistic theories of how human histories arise in and out of complex transhuman negotiations." (Peer Reviewer)
Table of contents
Acknowledgements List of Contributors
Introducing Forest Family John C. Ryan and Rod Giblett
Part 1: Old-Growth Nature and Culture
From Understory to Overstory: Critical Studies of Old-Growth Trees and Forests John C. Ryan
Forest Giants: Locating Southwest Australian Old-Growth Country John C. Ryan
Family Trees: Jarrah, Karri, and the Gibletts of the Balbarrup-Dingup Area Rod Giblett
Built in the Forest: A Hamlet History of Giblett Cultural Heritage Rod Giblett
Photographic Essay: Let No Man Put Asunder Juha Tolonen
Part 2: Old-Growth Arts and Activism
From Burls to Blockades: Artistic Interpretations of Karri Trees and Forests John C. Ryan
Sing the Karri, Sculpt the Jarrah: Sustaining Old-Growth Forest Through the Arts Robin Ryan
Old-Growth Activism: The Giblett Forest Rescue of 1994 and 1997 Nandi Chinna
All interested in the art, culture, history, literature and politics of old-growth forests. Scholars and graduate students in environmental humanities, environmental studies, critical plant studies, and Australian studies.