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

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Abstract

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.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-91
Number of pages9
JournalByzantine and Modern Greek Studies
Volume33
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009