Abstract

Abstract:

Broadly transcultural as well as intertextual in approach, this article explores the extent to which Zorba the Greek (1946) is shaped by the ideas, philosophy, and religion of East Asian countries, such as China and Japan. The significant engagements discussed in this article include: (1) the Japanese concept of fudoshin, mainly used in Japanese Zen Buddhism (zazen) and Japanese martial arts (budo); (2) the Lunyu (Analects) by Kongzi (Confucius); (3) the Mengzi by Mengzi (Mencius); and (4) the Zhuangzi by Zhuang Zhou (Chuang-tzu). Kazantzakis’s until now largely undiscerned dialogue with these East Asian thinkers turned out to be vital to his worldview and literary universe, particularly in Zorba the Greek, which can be read as the narrator’s progression from Zen Buddhism toward the Dao.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3265
Print ISSN
0738-1727
Pages
pp. 243-265
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-05
Open Access
No
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