Peter Bien, Professor of English, Dartmouth College

Event Date: 
Monday, March 8, 1999 - 13:15 to Tuesday, March 9, 1999 - 13:15

"Kazantzakis' Travel Writing" and "Kazantzakis' Religiosity" Professor Peter Bien, Dartmouth College, presented two lectures to the Kazantzakis Chair. Professor Bien's first presentation was on "Kazantzakis's Travel Writing" In his second lecture, "Kazantzakis's Religious Vision," Professor Bien placed the author's religiosity in the context of "process theology" to show that Kazantzakis was perhaps too "modern" in his thinking for his Orthodox critics. Professor Bien is the third person of letters to visit and lecture at San Francisco State under the auspices of the Kazantzakis Chair. Professor Kimon Friar and Greek American writer Harry Mark Petrakis have visited in this capacity in the past. 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.