Out Now! The Culture of Nature Second Edition
Since it was first published in 1991, few books have come close to capturing the depth and breadth of Alexander Wilson’s innovative ecocultural compendium The Culture of Nature. His work was one of the first of its kind to investigate the ideology of the environment, to critique the future according to Disney, and illustrate that the ways we think, teach, talk about, and construct the natural world are as important a terrain as the land itself. Extensively illustrated and meticulously researched, this edition is exquisitely revised and reissued for the Anthropocene.
"When I first read The Culture of Nature in the 1990s, I was entranced by Alex Wilson’s brilliant, original, generous road trip through North American cultural ecologies; the book appeared on many course syllabi in my early years teaching Environmental Studies. Reading the book again nearly 30 years later, I am struck by the fact that, although a great deal has changed—the internet, the re-entrenchment of the far Right, the intensification of struggles for social and environmental justice by racialized groups and Indigenous peoples— many of Wilson’s insights remain as sharp now as they were then. In this era of deepening ecological and climate crisis, we must think about landscapes as sites of ecological, technological, cultural, social, political, and imaginative entanglement. In particular, in Wilson’s own words, we must “build landscapes that heal, connect, and empower, that make intelligible our relations with each other and with the natural world.”
– Catriona (Cate) Sandilands, professor and PhD program coordinator, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University