A Companion to Woody Allen

A Companion to Woody Allen

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by Peter J. Bailey
     
 

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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

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Overview

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

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“I recommend this book for academic libraries that support upper-level film studies, media and literature programmes.”  (Reference Reviews, 1 October 2014)

“Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above.”  (Choice, 1 October 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444337235
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/18/2013
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Film Directors Series, #19
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.40(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Peter J. Bailey and Sam B. Girgus have assembled a thoughtful and lively band of critics to the making of A Companion to Woody Allen. The result is a collection that explores the themes and techniques of Allen’s films. It is a must-have book for every Woody Allen buff.”
Sanford Pinsker, Franklin and Marshall College 
               
“An impressively wide-ranging work—well-written, rigorously argued, lucid, accessible, balanced essays on Woody Allen’s life and art (including the myriad and manifest connections between the latter two).”
David Shields, author of How Literature Saved My Life

Meet the Author

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.

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