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Dialogic Openness in Nikos Kazantzakis

Author(s): Charitini Christodoulou

Book Description

In this book, Charitini Christodoulou argues that a certain perception of openness that she calls “dialogic” permeates Nikos Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation. Partly based on Umberto Eco’s theory in Opera Aperta and Mikhail Bakhtin’s notion of dialogism, the term “dialogic openness” refers to the idea of antithetical forces clashing and thus revealing different forms of tension that are not resolved at the end of the novel. Thus, it is shown that subjectivity and meaning is always in the process of becoming.

The different aspects of identity formation unfold before the eyes of the reader, who becomes a witness to the leading characters’ process of becoming. Christodoulou demonstrates that there are dialogic elements in tension, which can only be brought forth not as a synthesis, such as the stylistics of a genre implies, but as openness perceived as a process of identity formation.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4108-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4108-0
Date of Publication: 01/11/2012
Pages / Size: 210 / A5
Price: £44.99


A Kazantzakis scholar and amateur poetess, Charitini Christodoulou has contributed a chapter to a collection of essays celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of The Last Temptation and has lectured extensively on the Cretan writer’s work at various world conferences as well as seminars open to the public. She received her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Cyprus and then moved to England, where she obtained her MA in Critical Theory from the University of Nottingham. At the University of Birmingham, she completed her doctoral study on Kazantzakis, as an ORS grantee. Currently, she lives and works in Nicosia, Cyprus.