York St John University, York, UK
Saturday 13th January 2018
Deadline for proposals: September 29 2017
As part of a prospective edited volume, this one-day conference will explore the role and representation of women in the work of Woody Allen including his films, his plays, written work and his recent Amazon TV serial. It is our intention to bring together researchers to consider how women are represented in the work of Woody Allen, to consider the notion of the male perspective on writing women, and to explore the various approaches to relationships with and between women.
The subject of women and their relationships is a regular motif in Allen’s work. He has pointed out too that, ‘it became fun for me to write from the female point of view […] it was fresh’ (Allen qtd in Lahr, 1996:156). From mothers and daughters in Interiors (1978) and sisters in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) to wives, best friends, girlfriends, mothers, hookers, evil queens and the Devil’s mistress, some of the most influential and commanding actresses of stage and screen have worked alongside Allen from Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow to Muriel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Diane West, Madonna, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Ricci, Kate Blanchett, Emma Stone, and so, very many others.
Potential topics include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Mothers and siblings
- Person types
- Men writing women
- Relationships between men and women
- Relationships between women and women
- Themes of gender and sexuality
- Recurring actresses
- Women and industry
- Industrial perspectives on writing and filmmaking
Proposal abstracts should be approximately 300 words and be accompanied by a 150-word author biography. All submissions must be in English and included as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment.
* PLEASE INDICATE WHETHER YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSION IN THE PROPOSAL FOR THE EDITED VOLUME *
Please submit all abstracts and any questions to our conference organiser at the following email address: