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Women in the Work of Woody Allen

266 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Considering the current climate of the treatment of women in Hollywood following the Harvey Weinstein case, many male celebrities have been brought forward on charges of sexual harassment, including Woody Allen, who has once again appeared in the press in relation to historic charges of molestation.
Within the context of the #MeToo era, this edited volume brings together researchers to consider how women are represented in the broader sphere of Hollywood cinema, to consider the notion of the male perspective on writing women, and to explore the various approaches to relationships with and between women on screen – all through the lens of the work of Woody Allen. While acknowledging the problematic consideration of the autobiographical nature of filmmaking, this book explores the role and representation of women throughout Allen’s films, plays, stand-up comedy, and other writings. With more recent industrial attention towards the production of his work (notably Amazon Studios refusing to distribute a completed film), the work of Woody Allen remains markedly problematic and demands interrogation, demonstrating the timeliness of this current volume.
Author Bio
Martin Hall is a senior lecturer in Film Studies and the head of Learning and Teaching for the school of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy at York St John University. He has published widely on the work of Woody Allen and has published on many other aspects of the American cinema with a focus on the 1960s and 70s. Michael Newton teaches literature and film at Leiden University. He is the author of Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children (Faber, 2002), Age of Assassins: A History of Conspiracy and Political Violence, 1865–1981 (Faber, 2012), and of books on the films Kind Hearts and Coronets (2002), Rosemary’s Baby (2019) and It’s a Wonderful Life (2023) for the BFI Film Classics series. He’s also the author of Show People: A History of the Film Star (Reaktion 2019). Klara Stephanie Szlezák is a Lecturer in American Studies and Cultural and Media Studies at the University of Passau in Germany. Her research focuses on the fields of Jewish American Studies, History of Photography and Visual Culture Studies, Film Studies, Museum and Tourism Studies, and Preservation History. Dr. Szlezák published a monograph titled Canonized in History’: Literary Tourism and 19th-Century Writers’ Houses in New England in 2015 while simultaneously co-editing the book Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen for Palgrave Macmillan John D. Ayres is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Manchester. He has published peer-reviewed articles on aspects of 1950s British cinema in both the Journal of British Cinema and Television and the Journal of War and Culture Studies, and has a chapter entitled ‘Untraditional Traditions: Modern mediations on seasonal motifs’ in a forthcoming 2023 Bloomsbury edited collection focusing on The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Sophie T. Bélot is a Senior Lecturer in Film at St Mary’s University, London. Her research interest focuses on contemporary French and Francophone cinema (mainly Algerian cinema). She is particularly interested in the object-subject dialectic in relation to images of women and their bodies. She has published widely on this topic in the context of the Algerian War of Independence and the civil war as well as within auteur cinema. Her main approaches are interdisciplinary with an emphasis on philosophy. She is currently working on a monograph on the influence of cinema on Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy (phenomenology) for Bloomsbury’s Film Thinks Series. Jason Lee is Head of Leicester Media School at De Montfort University and is the author/editor of 20 books whose work has been translated into 16 languages, including work on Woody Allen and three books on paedophilia. His latest book is Nazism and Neo-Nazism in Film and Media (Amsterdam University Press). His novels include Spit Roast and Unholy Days, both published by Roman Books. Roberta Mock is Professor of Performance Studies and Director of the Doctoral College at the University of Plymouth. Her research focuses on Jewishness, gender and sexuality in performance, particularly in stand-up comedy and performance art. She is the author of Jewish Women on Stage, Film and Television. Claire Mortimer completed her PhD at the University of East Anglia, researching ageing women in British film comedy of the twentieth century. She has published widely on subjects including ageing female stardom (e.g. Margaret Rutherford and Peggy Mount), romantic comedy and Alexander Mackendrick. Steven Rawle is an associate professor at York St John University, where he teaches media production and film studies. He is the author of Performance in the Cinema of Hal Hartley and Transnational Cinema: An Introduction and co-author of Basics Filmmaking: The Language of Film. He has published many articles on aspects of independent cinema and Japanese cult film, and his writing has appeared in journals including Film Criticism, Asian Cinema, The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema and Scope. Lauren Stephenson is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Media Studies at York St. John University. Her area of interest is the horror film, with current research projects concerning British horror TV, the New Zealand horror film, and the politics of portraying female friendship in the American cinema. Dianah E. Wynter is a much-honoured filmmaker and a Professor of Media Theory & Criticism at California State University. Her current research inter_x0002_ests centre on contemporary women auteur filmmakers and on consumerism and race in children’s programming. Her large publication background includes work on TV Studies and Film Studies, from The West Wing, James Earl Jones and Benson to the work of Woody Allen. She co-edited the volume Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen for Palgrave Macmillan. Christopher Booth completed a PhD in musicology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 2018, with a dissertation titled ‘Preexisting Music as Disruptive Element in Historical Fiction Film’. His primary research interests are music in cinema, opera, intertextuality and semiotics. He currently teaches music history and music theory at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.