Woody Allen Within And Through Metafiction

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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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Woody Allen Within And Through Metafiction

  1. 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. 2. Woody Allen within and through metafiction
  3. 3. STAND-UP COMEDY
  4. 4. INFLUENCES ‘*Bob+ Hope’s quickness, his bright, lightly delivered lines that sound conversational rather than scripted, made a lasting impression.’ (Lax: 24)
  5. 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. 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. 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. 8. METAFICTION -Constant presence of Woody Allen as: -Narrator -Author -Actor/character
  9. 9. WOODY ALLEN. A CONTRAST -What he says -What he does
  10. 10. Deconstructing Harry (1997) - fiction-reality This identification is possible. WOODY ALLEN HARRY BLOCK & CHARACTERS CHARACTERS CREATED BY HARRY
  11. 11. CHARACTERS’ RELATIONSHIPS JANET KEN JANE HARRY sisters affair couples LESLIE NORMAN LUCY MARVIN
  12. 12. WOODY FICTION/WOODY REAL
  13. 13. - Some authors in metafiction: fear of his fiction perceived as disguised autobiography.
  14. 14. Vincent Colonna - Nominal strategy - Modal strategy
  15. 15. REALITY FICITON METALANGUAGE - Metafiction: Broken frames - Visually - Regarding content
  16. 16. Broken frames
  17. 17. Characters are self-conscious plotters
  18. 18. IMPACT OF THE FILM ON THE PUBLIC - Reconciliation? - Did it work?
  19. 19. Old Saybrook Writer’s Block (2003)
  20. 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. 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. 22. FRAMES Max: ‘These wild animals – I created them – they turned on me’ *…+ Hal: ‘What?’ *…+ Sheila: ‘He invented us’
  23. 23. Woody Allen Max Hal & Sandy David, Norman, Sheila, Jenny + their story Personal diary
  24. 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. 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. 26. THANK YOU!

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