Traces of an Active and Contemplative Life: 1983-2013

By Rod Giblett.

Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Print $US40.00

Tracing in part the life and work of Rod Giblett, the noted Australian eco-critic and environmental activist, historian and philosopher, Traces brings together a collection of articles and reviews written over a 30-year period on a wide range of topics. Most of the contemplative articles were published in academic journals whilst the activist articles were published in conservation magazines.

The book moves from an early interest in sexuality and its discourses through language and literature, amongst other topics, to nature and culture and their discourses. It also moves from cultural studies to environmental cultural studies, or eco-cultural studies, from literature to eco-criticism, from communication to environmental communication, from the humanities to the environmental humanities. It traces the interchange between thinking, research, writing and teaching in environmental cultural studies and environmental activism, as well as tracing the dialogue developed in all of them between theory and practice, the local and global, the regional, national and international.

“I’ve mainly known Rod for his environmental activism and relied on his expertise on wetlands over the years, so it has been a pleasure to read more of other areas of his work. The combination of Rod’s outstanding knowledge and understanding of the natural environment and his expertise in communications enables this unique insight and perspective on the human state and the ecology we depend on.” - Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Western Australia, and former editor of The Greener Times and former Co-ordinator of the Conservation Council of Western Australia.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 10.568MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Illinois.

Assoc Prof Rod Giblett

Associate Professor, School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Rod Giblett is a local conservationist who lives by Forrestdale Lake in Western Australia, where he has lived for over 25 years. He has also been Secretary of the Friend of Forrestdale, the local conservation group, for over 20 years. He has published an oral and natural history of the area and a book of nature writing, eco-criticism and environmental philosophy and its history, as well as other books in these and other areas. He is an associate professor in the School of Communications and Arts at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.

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