Wetlands and Western Cultures

Wetlands and Western Cultures

Denigration to Conservation

Rod Giblett


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In Wetlands and Western Cultures: Denigration to Conservation, Rod Giblett examines the portrayal of wetlands in Western culture and argues for their conservation. Giblett’s analysis of the wetland motif in literature and the arts, including in Beowulf and the writings of Tolkien and Thoreau, demonstrates two approaches to wetlands—their denigration as dead waters or their commendation as living waters with a potent cultural history.


Rod Giblett:

Rod Giblett is honorary associate professor of environmental humanities at Deakin University.