Date of Award


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Master of Arts (MA)




The genesis of this paper is a twenty-year tracking of Woody Allen’s career born out of my fascination with a five-foot-five, one-hundred-twenty-five-pound, red-headed, Jewish, intellectual comic. He was searching for his identity in the 1960’s, when being ethnic and neurotic was not only fashionable but mandatory. My interest was heightened in those early days after seeing him preform as a stand-up comic at the Bitter End in New York and learning that he changed him name from Konigsberg to Allen while I changed my name to Konigsberg.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Communication and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1986 Marilyn Konigsberg.

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