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Franz Baermann Steiner: A Stranger in the World

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Franz Baermann Steiner

A Stranger in the World

Jeremy Adler and Richard Fardon

290 pages, 21 color illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-270-4 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (December 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-271-1 eBook

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“This book is an excellent intellectual biography of F.B. Steiner, embracing and bringing together the three distinct facets of his writings: academic, poetic, and aphoristic. Such a study was long overdue… This book will soon become essential reading for anyone interested in the history of European Anthropology… The book is clearly written, shows an impressive erudition, and manages to portray the author and his ideas in a sympathetic and engaging manner.” • João Pina-Cabral, University of Kent


Franz Baermann Steiner (1909-52) provided the vital link between the intellectual culture of central Europe and the Oxford Institute of Anthropology in its post-Second World War years.

This book demonstrates his quiet influence within anthropology, which has extended from Mary Douglas to David Graeber, and how his remarkable poetry reflected profoundly on the slavery and murder of the Shoah, an event which he escaped from. Steiner’s concerns including inter-disciplinarity, genre, refugees and exile, colonialism and violence, and the sources of European anthropology speak to contemporary concerns more directly now than at any time since his early death.

Jeremy Adler is Emeritus Professor of German and Senior Research Fellow at King's College London. A specialist in comparative studies, he has published widely on Baroque literature, Romanticism, and Modernism and has written critical biographies of Goethe and Kafka. He is the editor of the collected edition of Franz Baermann Steiner's poetry.

Richard Fardon is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at SOAS University of London. His extensive publications range from the history, ethnography, popular media and historic arts of West Africa to the theory and history of anthropology.

Subject: Anthropology (General)SociologyLiterary Studies


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