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Zorba the Greek. From the “Syrtaki” Dance to the Eurogroup

  • Kostas Karavidas
  • Yiannis Papatheodorou
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Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)

Abstract

This chapter elaborates on some typical cases of the cultural theme of Kazantzakis’ mythical “Zorba” figure and presents arguments of “Greekness” produced through exposure to this myth. The versions of “Greekness”, although varying over the time, remain closely related to Greek exoticism. In the first part, we examine the influence of Cacoyannis’ movie, an exotic, Mediterranean heterotopia in the 1960s. In the second part, we focus on “vampire” nationalisms in the Balkans during the 1990s, on the occasion of Mikis Theodorakis’ concerts in Skopje. In the final part, Yanis Varoufakis is presented as a pop image and “political Zorba” of the Greek crisis.

Keywords

Varoufakis Kazantzakis Greek literature Pop culture Eurozone crisis Nationalism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kostas Karavidas
    • 1
  • Yiannis Papatheodorou
    • 2
  1. 1.University of IoanninaIoanninaGreece
  2. 2.University of PatrasPatrasGreece

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