Eighteen Woody Allen Films Analyzed: Anguish, God and Existentialism

Eighteen Woody Allen Films Analyzed: Anguish, God and Existentialism

by Sander H. Lee
     
 

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This new textbook is an abridgment of the author's earlier Woody Allen's Angst: Philosophical Commentaries on His Serious Films (McFarland, 1997; "invaluable"--Choice.) Five main topics are explored: the desire of many of his characters to ground their lives in traditional ethical values despite their realization that such values may no longer be certain; the…  See more details below

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This new textbook is an abridgment of the author's earlier Woody Allen's Angst: Philosophical Commentaries on His Serious Films (McFarland, 1997; "invaluable"--Choice.) Five main topics are explored: the desire of many of his characters to ground their lives in traditional ethical values despite their realization that such values may no longer be certain; the opposition between pessimism and optimism throughout his films; gender issues relating to romantic love, sexual desire and the ongoing changes in our cultural expectations of both men and women; the idea that contemporary American society is rapidly descending into barbarism precisely because of societal failure to maintain a sense of individual moral responsibility; and a critique of psychoanalysis as a method for understanding human behavior. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786481101
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2002
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
545 KB

Meet the Author

Sander H. Lee is a professor of philosophy at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.

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