planet” (69). While the book’s fi rst part emphasizes the dominion of nature over human notions of progress, the second draws con- nections between the natural and human worlds, claiming that “hu- mankind . . . is instinct with language” (103). Lueders ultimately argues that abstraction through language causes humans to ignore their instinct and assert their dominance through human law that seeks to regulate and control the natural world. Th e human drive to use language to name landscapes and draw property lines is in- compatible with natural law, but we can adopt Lueders’s mindset by refl ecting upon the grandeur of these natural spaces. While readers interested in extensive explanations of the geo- logical processes or environmental concerns unique to the Salt Lake and Torrey regions may fi nd Lueders’s refl ections rambling and dis- organized, those seeking personal insights on place will fi nd his text intentionally conversational, fl owing naturally from one topic to the next. Th e Salt Lake Papers is replete with refl ections on the hu- man world and its relationship to the natural landscape. Lueders’s meditations respond to the belief that the American West has been tamed in the century following
Western American Literature – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Feb 5, 2020
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