Woody on Rye

Jewishness in the Films and Plays of Woody Allen

Edited by Vincent Brook and Marat Grinberg

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.

Paper: $35 | Cloth: $85 | E-book: $30
ISBN-13: 9781611684803
Pages: 312 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: December 3, 2013

About the Author

Vincent Brook

Vincent Brook is a lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television who has worked as a film editor and screenwriter. He is an expert on film and television history and also on Jewish history in Hollywood. Brook’s published books include Something Ain’t Kosher Here: The Rise of the “Jewish” Sitcom and Driven to Darkness: Jewish Èmigrè Directors and the Rise of Film Noir.

Marat Grinberg

Marat Grinberg came to Reed College in 2006 and is professor of Russian and Humanities. He received his BAs in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago in 2006. He is a specialist in 20th century Russian literature and culture, with an emphasis on Soviet poetry, modern Jewish literature, culture, and politics, and post-war …

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