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Woody on Rye: Jewishness in the Films and Plays of Woody Allen
     

Woody on Rye: Jewishness in the Films and Plays of Woody Allen

by Vincent Brook
 

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Although Woody Allen’s films have received extensive attention from scholars and critics, no book has focused exclusively on Jewishness in his work, particularly that of the late 1990s and beyond. In this anthology, a distinguished group of contributors—whose work is richly contextualized in the fields of literature, philosophy, film, theater, and

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Although Woody Allen’s films have received extensive attention from scholars and critics, no book has focused exclusively on Jewishness in his work, particularly that of the late 1990s and beyond. In this anthology, a distinguished group of contributors—whose work is richly contextualized in the fields of literature, philosophy, film, theater, and comedy—examine the schlemiel, Allen and women, the Jewish take on the “morality of murder,” Allen’s take on Hebrew scripture and Greek tragedy, his stage work, his cinematic treatment of food and dining, and what happens to “Jew York” when Woody takes his films out of New York City. Considered together, these essays delineate the intellectual, artistic, and moral development of one of cinema’s most durable and controversial directors.

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“The best book about movies in years. Some of the essays are stylistically, referentially difficult. That is part of their value—nothing glib, nothing facile, and not much attention to gossip or scandal. This book will thrill all readers. . . . Highly recommended.” —Choice

“The collection brings out the complexities of this Jewishly ambivalent artist. Recommended for academic collections on film.”—Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611684810
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
12/03/2013
Series:
Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
312
File size:
611 KB

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Murray Pomerance
“Reading through Woody on Rye I found myself engaged, stimulated, provoked, enticed, and intrigued by so many glimmering visions seen through so many sharp critical lenses. The book is rich with possibility and insight.”
Patricia B. Erens
“A collection of new voices chime in on the work of Woody Allen. Serious scholarship, with a dash of humor. A must for fans and film critics alike.”
Stephen J. Whitfield
“The arc of Woody Allen’s career has been dramatic — from writing gags and doing nightclub gigs, to making movies that are punctuated with death-of-God despair. Now recognized as an auteur, Allen has sometimes treated his Jewish heritage as an object of satire, but always as an inescapable social datum. The scholarly implications for both ethnic studies and film studies are traced in Woody on Rye, a rich and indispensable analysis of its subject.”

Meet the Author

VINCENT BROOK teaches at USC, UCLA, Cal State LA, and Pierce College. His most recent book is Land of Smoke and Mirrors: A Cultural History of Los Angeles. MARAT GRINBERG is associate professor of Russian and humanities at Reed College. He is the author of “I am to be read not from left to right, but in Jewish: from right to left”: The Poetics of Boris Slutsky.

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