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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.
Table of Contents
Contributor Biographies and keywords
Peter J. Bailey
1. Standup Auteur
2. Which Woody Allen?
3. Woody Allen and France
4. Raging in the Dark: Late Style in Woody Allen’s Films
5. A Difficult Redemption: Facing the Other in Woody Allen's Exilic Period
6. Comic Faith and Its Discontents: Death and the Late Woody
Robert M. Polhemus
I. Movies about the Movies
7. Critical Theory and the Cinematic World of Woody Allen
8. Crimes and Misdemeanors: Reflections on Reflexivity
9. Play it Again, Woody: Self-Reflexive Critique in Contemporary Woody Allen Films
Claire Sisco King
10. Hollywood Endings: Woody Allen on Hollywood, Filmmaking, and Happy Endings
II. Allen and his Sisters: Cultural Critiques
11. Here . . . It’s Not Their Cup of Tea’: Woody Allen’s Melodramatic Tendencies in Interiors, September, Another Woman, and Alice
12. ‘It’s Complicated, Really’: Women in the Films of Woody Allen
Joanna E. Rapf
13. Vicky Blanca, Cristina Blanca, Barcelona Blanca
Renee R. Curry
14. Love and Citation in Midnight in Paris: Remembering Modernism, Remembering Woody
15. Taking the Tortoise for a Walk: Woody Allen as Flaneur
16. Lurking in Shadows: Kleinman’s Trial and Defense
17. Woody Allen and the Literary Canon
18. ’Who’s He When He’s at Home?’: A Census of Literary, Philosophical and Artistic Allusions in Woody Allen’s Films
J. Andrew Gothard
19. The Schlemiel in Woody Allen’s Films
20. Barcelona: City of Refuge
21. Woody Allen and the (False) Dichotomy of Science and Religion
Mark T. Conard
22. The Philosopher as Filmmaker
23. Disappearing Act: The Trick Philosophy of Woody Allen
Patrick Murray and Jeanne A. Schuler
24. Love, Meaning, and God in the Later Films of Woody Allen
25. Hollywood Rabbi: Probing the Never-Ending Questions of Woody Allen
26. Woody Allen’s Random Universe in His European Cycle: Morality, Marriage, Magic
Richard A. Blake
Sam B. Girgus