A Companion to Woody Allen (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors)

A Companion to Woody Allen (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors)

By: Peter J. Bailey (editor), Sam B. Girgus (editor)Hardback

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Edited by two renowned Allen experts, A Companion to Woody Allen presents a collection of 26 original essays on the director s films. Contributions offer a number of divergent critical perspectives while expanding the contexts in which his work is understood. * A timely companion by the authors of two of the most important books on Allen to date * Illuminates the films of Woody Allen from a number of divergent critical perspectives * Explores the contexts in which his work should be understood * Assesses Allen s remarkable filmmaking career from its early beginnings and investigates the conflicts and contradictions that suffuse it * Discusses Allen s recognition as a global cinematic figure

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Peter Bailey is Frank P. Piskor Professor of English at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he has taught American Literature, creative writing and film studies for 32 years. In addition to The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen (2001), he is the author of Reading Stanley Elkin (1986) and Rabbit (Un)Redeemed: The Drama of Belief in John Updike s Fiction (2006). He has also published on Frank Conroy, Robert Coover, Joan Didion, Frederick Exley, John Irving, and Ronald Sukenick, and he is secretary of the national John Updike Society. Sam B. Girgus is Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. He is a prolific author whose publications include The Films of Woody Allen (2nd edition, 2002) and Levinas and the Cinema of Redemption: Time, Ethics, and the Feminine (2010). He also has edited several works, including The American Self: Myth, Ideology, and Popular Culture (1981). He is a recipient of a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship and other scholarly and teaching awards, and has lectured and taught extensively in universities throughout America and the world.


Notes on Contributors viii Acknowledgments xii Introduction 1 Peter J. Bailey Part I Biography/Autobiography/Auteurism 13 1 The Stand-up Auteur 15 Cecilia Sayad 2 Which Woody Allen? 35 Colleen Glenn 3 Woody Allen and France 53 Gilles Menegaldo 4 Raging in the Dark : Late Style in Woody Allen s Films 73 Christopher J. Knight 5 A Difficult Redemption: Facing the Other in Woody Allen s Exilic Period 95 John Douglas Macready 6 Comic Faith and Its Discontents: Death and the Late Woody 116 Robert M. Polhemus Part II Movies about the Movies 145 7 Critical Theory and the Cinematic World of Woody Allen 147 Stephen Papson 8 Crimes and Misdemeanors: Reflections on Refl exivity 170 Gregg Bachman 9 Play it Again, Woody: Self-Reflexive Critique in Contemporary Woody Allen Films 188 Claire Sisco King 10 Jazz Heaven: Woody Allen and the Hollywood Ending 207 Christopher Ames Part III Allen and His Sisters: Cultural Critiques 227 11 Here ... It s Not Their Cup of Tea : Woody Allen s Melodramatic Tendencies in Interiors, September, Another Woman, and Alice 229 Cynthia Lucia 12 It s Complicated, Really : Women in the Films of Woody Allen 257 Joanna E. Rapf 13 Woody Allen s Grand Scheme: The Whitening of Manhattan, London, and Barcelona 277 Renee R. Curry 14 Love and Citation in Midnight in Paris: Remembering Modernism, Remembering Woody 294 Katherine Fusco Part IV Influences/Intertextualities 319 15 Taking the Tortoise for a Walk: Woody Allen as Flaneur 321 William Brigham 16 Lurking in Shadows: Kleinman s Trial and Defense 339 Iris Bruce 17 Woody Allen and the Literary Canon 359 William Hutchings 18 Who s He When He s at Home? : A Census of Woody Allen s Literary, Philosophical, and Artistic Allusions 381 J. Andrew Gothard 19 The Schlemiel in Woody Allen s Later Films 403 Menachem Feuer 20 Barcelona: City of Refuge 424 Brian Bergen-Aurand Part V Philosophy/Religion 441 21 Woody Allen and the (False) Dichotomy of Science and Religion 443 Mark T. Conard 22 The Philosopher as Filmmaker 460 David Detmer 23 Disappearing Act: The Trick Philosophy of Woody Allen 481 Patrick Murray and Jeanne A. Schuler 24 Love, Meaning, and God in the Later Films of Woody Allen 504 Sander Lee 25 Hollywood Rabbi: The Never-Ending Questions of Woody Allen 520 Monica Osborne 26 Allen s Random Universe in His European Cycle: Morality, Marriage, Magic 539 Richard A. Blake 27 Afterword: The Abyss: Woody Allen on Love, Death, and God 559 Sam B. Girgus Index 573

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  • publication date: 02/04/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781444337235
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 600
  • ID: 9781444337235
  • weight: 1218
  • ISBN10: 1444337238

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