On the Strangeness of Natural Things and the Naturalness of Strange Things

The distinction between nature-with-a-small-n and Nature-with-a-capital-N is confined mostly to literary theory and eco-criticism, where capital N represents the Naturalization of phenomena, while small n maintains its rightful place beneath and beyond our human categories as a thing-in-itself, or at least the thing itself: the strange in the familiar and the familiar in the strange.