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Biosemiotic Literary Criticism

Genesis and Prospectus

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  • Discusses literary criticism as a postmodern science as defined by Jean-Francois Lyotard

  • Challenges the scientific basis of traditional binary oppositions: Nature-Culture; Organism-Environment; Mind-Matter; Nature-Text; Science-Humanities; Self-Other; Subject-Object; and Human-Animal

  • A manifesto for sustainable thinking, environmental, and social justice based on a Peircean semiotic worldview

Part of the book series: Biosemiotics (BSEM, volume 24)

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About this book

This volume is based to a large extent on the understanding of biosemiotic literary criticism as a semiotic-model-making enterprise.  For Jurij Lotman and Thomas A. Sebeok, “nature writing is essentially a model of the relationship between humans and nature” (Timo Maran); biosemiotic literary criticism, itself a form of nature writing and thus itself an ecological-niche-making enterprise, will be considered to be a model of modeling, a model of nature naturing.  Modes and models of analysis drawn from Thomas A. Sebeok and Marcel Danesi’s Forms of Meaning: Modeling Systems Theory and Semiotic Analysis as well as from Timo Maran’s work on “modeling the environment in literature,” Edwina Taborsky’s writing on Peircean semiosis, and, of course, Jesper Hoffmeyer’s formative work in biosemiotics are among the most important organizing elements for this volume. 

Keywords

  • form of nature writing
  • model of modeling
  • model of nature naturing
  • cultural criticism
  • nature-text

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, USA

    W. John Coletta

About the author

W. John Coletta, Ph.D., professor emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, USA, is a former Vice President (2009) and President (2010) of the Semiotic Society of America.  He currently sits on the Editorial Board of The American Journal of Semiotics.  Professor Coletta also is a peer-reviewer for the journal entitled ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (the official journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment) and for the journal Semiotica.  Professor Coletta’s research interests include, besides biosemiotic literary criticism, Peircean semiotics, physiosemiotics, and cognitive semiotics.  He is founder and CEO of INT3RP INC, a company designed to provide semiotic services in several domains, from marketing and branding semiotics to medical semiotics and cognitive semiotics.

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eBook USD 109.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-72495-5
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Softcover Book USD 149.99
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