Forest Family

Australian Culture, Art, and Trees


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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 The contributors critique a range of content including historical documents, music, novels, paintings, performances, photography, poetry, and sculpture representing ancient Australian forests.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.

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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)
List of Contributors

1 Introducing Forest Family
John C. Ryan and Rod Giblett

Part 1: Old-Growth Nature and Culture

2 From Understory to Overstory: Critical Studies of Old-Growth Trees and Forests
John C. Ryan

3 Forest Giants: Locating Southwest Australian Old-Growth Country
John C. Ryan

4 Family Trees: Jarrah, Karri, and the Gibletts of the Balbarrup-Dingup Area
Rod Giblett

5 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

6 From Burls to Blockades: Artistic Interpretations of Karri Trees and Forests
John C. Ryan

7 Sing the Karri, Sculpt the Jarrah: Sustaining Old-Growth Forest Through the Arts
Robin Ryan

8 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.
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