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date: 22 November 2019

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This article examines the concept of biosemiotic criticism. It contrasts biosemiotics with the semiology of Ferdinand de Saussure and provides an overview of biosemiotics as a synthetic biological discipline. It describes how the emergence of biosemiotics widened the sphere of semiotic processes to embrace all living organisms on Earth and offers a perspective of what biosemiotic criticism might be. The article also considers attempts to develop models that would bridge biosemiotics (or semiotic thinking more generally) and cultural or literary criticism.

Keywords: biosemiotic criticism, semiology, Ferdinand de Saussure, synthetic biological discipline, semiotic process, cultural criticism, literary criticism

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