From being to becoming: reflections on the enduring popularity of Kazantzakis

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In this article, Kazantzakis' popularity over the years is briefly reviewed and it is argued that the two dominant approaches to his work, which could be described as ethnograpbic and philosophical-theological, respectively, correspond to the antithesis between being and becoming. The question addressed here is whether we can read his fiction in a new, way, and pass from the ontology of being to the contingency of becoming, following the example of the process theologians who brought him closer to postmodernism.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-91
Number of pages9
JournalByzantine and Modern Greek Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009