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CoverJeremy Adler, Richard Fardon, Carol Tully (Eds.)
From Prague Poet to Oxford Anthropologist: Franz Baerman Steiner Celebrated. Essays and Translations

2003 • ISBN 978-3-89129-685-1 ·265 p., Pb.; EUR 28,80

As the first book of essays on Steiner, this volume breaks new ground, and offers an essential resource for future research.

Franz Baermann Steiner is increasingly being recognized as one of the leading poets and anthropologists of the mid-twentieth century. The present volume collects the papers delivered at a Symposium held at the Institute of Germanic Studies (University of London) to commemorate the fiftieth anniversay of Steiner’s birth. The symposium brought together all the major scholars working on Steiner, as well as several younger ones. The papers take a fresh look at Steiner’s life and work, locating him more precisely against his Prague background and the English émigré community, whilst at the same time placing him in the context of mid-twentieth century culture, and specifically in his relation to the Shoah. The volume’s foundational readings of his literary and anthropological works enable a rich and multi-facetted view to emerge of a writer who, as an anthropologist, belonged to the English-speaking world, but as a poet formed part of the German literary tradition.


Pavel Seifter: Preface: Franz Baermann Steiner • Introduction • Bibliographical Notes

I. Anthropology: Richard Fardon: ‘Religion and the anthropologists’ revisited: Reflections on Franz Baermann Steiner, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, and the ‘Oxford School’ at their Century’s End • Erhard Schüttpelz: Transformation and Identification: Franz Baermann Steiner’s ‘chief sociological principle’ • Michael Mack: The Dialectics of Naming. Franz Baermann Steiner’s Critical Engagement with Myth, Value, and Redemption

II. Cultural Context: Robert B. Pynsent: Franz Baermann Steiner’s First work, Die Planeten, in its Czech Literary Context • Ines Schlenker: Painting Authors: The Portraits of Elias Canetti, Iris Murdoch, and Franz Baermann Steiner by Marie-Louise von Motesiczky • Peter J. Conradi: Franz Baermann Steiner’s Influence on Iris Murdoch

III. Poetry: Carol Tully: Franz Baermann Steiner and Spain: ‘The Prayer in the Garden’ and Manrique’s ‘Coplas a la muerte de su padre’ • Rüdiger Görner: Shadows and Borderlands: A Motif in the Poetry of Franz Baermann Steiner • Katrin Kohl: Guarding the Myths: Franz Baermann Steiner’s Conquests • Nicolas J. Ziegler: ‘To find a language where no neighbours call’: Reflections on the Reception of Franz Baermann Steiner’s Poetry

Franz Baermann Steiner Remembered: H. G. Adler: Letter to Chaim Rabin • Esther Frank: Memories of F.B. Steiner • Elias Canetti: Franz Steiner • Chronology • Notes on Contributors


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