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Woody Allen Within And Through Metafiction

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Northamerican literature project on metafictional Woody Allen's works: 'Deconstructing Harry' and 'Old Saybrook'. …

Northamerican literature project on metafictional Woody Allen's works: 'Deconstructing Harry' and 'Old Saybrook'.
Authors: Mª Magdalena Alorda, Xavier Fuster, Nuria Aguiló

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  • 1. Following are excerpts from the hitherto secret private journal of Woody Allen, which will be published posthumously or after his death, whichever comes first. (Woody Allen, The Insanity Defense)
  • 2. Woody Allen within and through metafiction
  • 3. STAND-UP COMEDY
  • 4. INFLUENCES ‘*Bob+ Hope’s quickness, his bright, lightly delivered lines that sound conversational rather than scripted, made a lasting impression.’ (Lax: 24)
  • 5. STYLE ‘*Woody Allen] is strictly a verbal comedian who gets all his laughs from the subtlety and wit of his delivery and none of them from physical funiness.’ (Lax: 136) ‘Woody is one of the few people who could do set routines and make it look like stream of consciousness’. (Lax: 190)
  • 6. ‘Audiences saw him as a person *…+. That person, of course, was far more an invention than a reality but he was utterly believable. One reason was that he was partially a product of the audience’. (Lax: 173)
  • 7. TOPICS - Autobiographical facts - Anecdotes - Contemporary issues - Upper classes ‘I think I will review for you some of the outstanding features of my private live and put them in perspective.’ (Lax: 123)
  • 8. METAFICTION -Constant presence of Woody Allen as: -Narrator -Author -Actor/character
  • 9. WOODY ALLEN. A CONTRAST -What he says -What he does
  • 10. Deconstructing Harry (1997) - fiction-reality This identification is possible. WOODY ALLEN HARRY BLOCK & CHARACTERS CHARACTERS CREATED BY HARRY
  • 11. CHARACTERS’ RELATIONSHIPS JANET KEN JANE HARRY sisters affair couples LESLIE NORMAN LUCY MARVIN
  • 12. WOODY FICTION/WOODY REAL
  • 13. - Some authors in metafiction: fear of his fiction perceived as disguised autobiography.
  • 14. Vincent Colonna - Nominal strategy - Modal strategy
  • 15. REALITY FICITON METALANGUAGE - Metafiction: Broken frames - Visually - Regarding content
  • 16. Broken frames
  • 17. Characters are self-conscious plotters
  • 18. IMPACT OF THE FILM ON THE PUBLIC - Reconciliation? - Did it work?
  • 19. Old Saybrook Writer’s Block (2003)
  • 20. ROLE OF THE AUTHOR Sally: “Yes – for nine years- we sold the place to Mr. Krolian” Hal: “Max Krolian a fairly well-known writer”
  • 21. • Max Krolian = Woody Allen • ‘*the author] playfully introduces himself into his novels very often through anagrams of variations on his name’ (Waugh: 132)
  • 22. FRAMES Max: ‘These wild animals – I created them – they turned on me’ *…+ Hal: ‘What?’ *…+ Sheila: ‘He invented us’
  • 23. Woody Allen Max Hal & Sandy David, Norman, Sheila, Jenny + their story Personal diary
  • 24. ‘There is ultimately no distinction between “framed” and “unframed”. There are only levels of form, *…+ only content.’ (Waugh: 31) - No hierarchy - Drawer – “And Then What?” premise
  • 25. CONCLUSION ‘But this movie is not art. It is a clinical document’ (Maureen Dowd) ‘There is no question that Allen’s movies are self-reflective’ (Mary P. Nichols) ‘The character played by Allen and the director- actor who *…+ in the mind of the audience, is just like the character in the film’ (Tomás Creus)
  • 26. THANK YOU!