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Black Swan Song Life and Work of a Wetland Writer

Biography / Memoir
By: Rod Giblett(Author)
242 pages
Publisher: Hamilton Books
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Combining memoir and studies in the Environmental Humanities, Black Swan Song weaves together an autobiographically-based account of the unique life and work of Rod Giblett. For over 25 years he was a leading local wetland conservationist, environmental activist, and pioneer transdisciplinary researcher and writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has researched, written, and published more than 25 books in the environmental humanities, especially wetland cultural studies, and psychoanalytic ecology. Black Swan Song traces Rod's early and later life and work from being born in Borneo as the child of Christian missionaries, through his childhood in Bible College, being a High School dropout and studying at three universities to becoming an academic, activist and author, and now a writer. Following in the footsteps of New Lives of the Saints: Twelve Environmental Apostles, Black Swan Song also comprises conversations in conservation counter-theology between the twelve minor biblical prophets and twelve environmental apostles, such as Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Rachel Carson. It also introduces the lives and works of twelve more environmental apostles, such as John Clare, Rebecca Solnit, John Charles Ryan, and others who have made a valuable contribution to green thinking and living. Black Swan Song mixes modes and genres, such as memoir, essay, story, criticism, etc., making up the writer's black swan song. It provides ways of living and being with the earth in dark and troubled times by providing resources of a journey of hope for learning to live bio- and psycho-symbiotic livelihoods in bioregional home habitats of the living earth and in the Symbiocene, the hoped-for age superseding the Anthropocene.


I: Early to Later Life and Work
        1. Born in Borneo
        2. Brought up in Bible College
        3. Shaped by Place and Work
        4. Some Teachers Who Taught Me Something
        5. A Most Homely House and Habitat
        6. The Nexus: A Pro-Symbiotic, Anti-Fascist Ecology of Education
        7. Farewell to Forrestdale
        8. Climbing the Family Trees
        9. My Thoreauvian Pilgrimage
        10. Closing the Circles
        11. The Way of Taoism
        12. The Writer’s Life
        13. The Writer’s Desk
        14. Wading out of Wetlands
        15. The Blue Angel and the Mountain Dragon
        16. Up the Inner Passage
        17. Tanked Streamed: A Tale of Illness, a Tale of Woe

II: Conversations in Conservation Counter-Theology: Twelve Minor Biblical Prophets and Twelve Major Environmental Apostles
        18. Hosea and Paul Virilio, the Patron Saint of Grey Ecology
        19. Joel and Rachel Carson, the Patron Saint of American Conservation
        20. Amos and Aldo Leopold, the Patron Saint of Marshes
        21. Obadiah and Judith Wright, the Patron Saint of Australian Conservation
        22. Jonah and St Margaret, the Patron Saint of Marshy Motherhood
        23. Micah and St George, the Patron Saint of England
        24. Nahum and Raymond Williams, the Patron Saint of Ecocultural Studies
        25. Habakkuk and St Francis, the Patron Saint of the Earth
        26. Zephaniahand Seamus Heaney, the Patron Saint of Bogs
        27. Haggaiand Henry David Thoreau, the Patron Saint of Swamps
        28. Zechariah and Walter Benjamin, the Patron Saint of Cultural Studies
        29. Malachi and John Muir, the Patron Saint of National Parks

III: More New Saints: Twelve Minor Environmental Apostles
        30. John Clare: The Patron Saint of the Fens
        31. Walt Whitman: The Singer of the Song of the Earth
        32. Richard Jefferies: The Patron Saint of Being at Home on the Earth
        33. H. P. Lovecraft: American Singer of the Song of the Bog
        34. Lord Dunsany: The Singer of the Song of the Bog
        35. Albert Howard: The Patron Saint of Soil Conservation
        36. Elyne Mitchell: The Patron Saint of Australian Soil Conservation
        37. Felix Guattari: The Patron Saint of Third Ecology
        38. Rebecca Solnit: The Patron Saint of Progressive Politics
        39. Glenn Albrecht: The Patron Saint of the Symbiocene
        40. John Charles Ryan: The Patron Saint of Plants
        41. Charles Massy: The Patron Saint of Regenerative Farming

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Rod Giblett is Honorary Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Writing and Literature Program of the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University.

Biography / Memoir
By: Rod Giblett(Author)
242 pages
Publisher: Hamilton Books
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