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From Prague Poet to Oxford Anthropologist. Franz Baermann Steiner Celebrated. Essays and Translation

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Edited by Jeremy Adler , Richard Fardon and Carol Tully. Published 2003. ISBN: 9780854572038.



Detailed Description

Franz Baermann Steiner is increasingly recognized as one of the leading poets and anthropologists of the mid-twentieth century. The first book of essays on Steiner, this volume collects the papers given at a symposium held at the Institute to commemorate the ninetieth anniversary of Steiner's birth, and which 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 emigré community, whilst at the same time placing him in the context of mid-twentieth century culture, and specifically in his relation to the Shoah. Its foundational readings of his literary and anthropological works enable a rich and multi-faceted 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.


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';
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';
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';
: 'Guarding the Myths: Franz Baermann Steiner's Conquests ';
NICHOLAS J. ZIEGLER : '"To find a language where no neighbours call": Reflections on the Reception of Franz Baermann Steiner's Poetry'.