Julia Corbett has published a new book of essays on nature and culture
Julia Corbett, Professor of Communication at the University of Utah, has published a new book of essays. Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday is out this week from the University of Nevada Press. The book contains eleven essays that range across the intersections of nature and culture. Here's the book's description.
Have you ever wondered why we perceive “nature” differently depending on where it is? Or, about society’s desire to cultivate the perfect lawn, or why we view some animals as “good” and some as “bad”? In this fresh and introspective collection of essays, Julia Corbett examines nature in our lives with all of its ironies and contradictions by seamlessly integrating personal narratives with morsels of highly digestible science and research. Each story delves into an overlooked aspect of our relationship with nature—insects, garbage, backyards, noise, open doors, animals, and language.
With a keen sense of irony and humor and an awareness of the miraculous in the mundane, Corbett recognizes the contradictions of contemporary life. She confronts the owner of a high-end market who insists on keeping his doors open in all temperatures, and takes us on a trip to a new mall with a replica of a trout stream that once flowed nearby. Out of the Woods leads to surprising insights into the practices and phrases we take for granted in our encounters with nature and encourages us all to consider how we might reimagine our relationship with nature in our everyday lives.