The biosemiotics of Aldo Leopold

  • Rebecca C. Potter Department of English, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469
Keywords: Aldo Leopold, Jakob von Uexküll, Jean-Claude Gens, biosemiotics, translation, umwelt

Abstract

Responding to Jean-Claude Gens’ article, “Uexküll’s Kompositionslehre and Leopold’s ‘land ethic’ in dialogue”, which appeared in Sign Systems Studies in 2013, the article further develops a direct connection between Aldo Leopold’s approach to ecology and Jakob von Uexküll’s umwelt theory. The connection between Uexküll and Leopold is especially evident in Leopold’s descriptions of animal behaviour that he presents in the first part of his seminal work, A Sand County Almanac. In this work specifically, Leopold illustrates the biosemiotic processes described by Uexküll, and does so with a purpose: to reshape our understanding of the biotic community as a place of semiotic interaction.

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Published
2016-07-04