Peter Bien, Emeritus Professor, Dartmouth College,

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 14:15

October 12, 13 & 19.
Visiting Kazantzakis Scholar Lectures on Nikos Kazantazkis' Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ, and "Inventing Greece." Peter Bien, Emeritus Professor of English, Dartmouth College, presented a series of three lectures as Visiting Kazantzakis scholar in a course offered on the author's work, MGS/CW 426, Kazantzakis. Drawing on the second volume of his soon-to-be published study, Kazantzakis: Politics of the Spirit (Princeton University Press), Professor Bien's first two lectures concentrated on two of Kazantzakis' most well-known novels, Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ. The first lecture addressed the philosophical and nationalist-ideological dimensions of Zorba the Greek; based on Professor Bien's first-hand reading of Kazantzakis' own personal notebooks, the second lecture discussed metaphysical ideas permeating the novel The Last Temptation of Christ. The third lecture entitled "Inventing Greece," dealt with the question of nationalism in Modern Greek letters and concentrated on the Greek Enlightenment period. This lecture was recently published as a full-length article in the Journal of Modern Greek Studies. A distinguished scholar and translator of the work of Nikos Kazantzakis and other Modern Greek writers, Professor Bien is the author of Kazantzakis and the Linguistic Revolution in Greek Literature (1972) and Kazantzakis' Report to Greco and The Last Temptation of Christ as well as Statis Myrivilis' Life in the Tomb. He is also a major contributor to Greek Today, a recently published textbook on Modern Greek language (2004), and A Century of Greek Poetry: 1900-2000, a major anthology of Modern Greek poetry (2004). Known as a pioneer in the field of Modern Greek Studies, Professor Bien has served as a founding member and President of the Modern Greek Studies Association and has been a long-standing Editor of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies. These lectures were co-sponsored by the College of Humanities, SFSU