In his short story “The Kugelmass Episode,” Woody Allen extends the relationship between reader and text posited by reader-response critics. “The Kugelmass. The Kugelmass EpisodeWoody Allen Source for information on The Kugelmass Episode: Short Stories for Students dictionary. “The Kugelmass Episode” opens with Kugelmass, a middle-aged, unhappily married humanities professor seeking the advice of his analyst, Dr. Mandel.

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The Kugelmass Episode by Woody Allen

The Purple Rose of Cairo develops the idea of art’s allure more fully and delicately, showing why humans choose to escape to it. He doesn’t speak like an educated man at all, but uses colloquialisms and a very New York Jewish speech pattern; the only time he deviates from this is to call his wife a “troglodyte” a cave dweller and to whisper sweet nothings into Emma Bovary’s ear.

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two adopted children. Cecelia is betrayed by the movies and doomed to return to her horrible life, and Kugelmass, not learning his lesson about the dangers of living an illusion, is projected finally into an absurdist oblivion.

He says he has no overnight cure for Kugelmass because “I’m an analyst, not a magician. Perhaps Allen’s most serious target of satire in “The Kugelmass Episode” is modern humans’ pursuit of satisfaction.

The protagonist, as might the errant husband in any culture on a Friday night or weekend away from his wife, searches for a woman or his “mass of Kugel,” and he wants her to be French and respectable. Funny short story by Woody Allen, including fpisode still annoying Emma Bovary and a fantastic magic cabinet. When things go wrong and Emma can’t get back to the Flaubert novel, he tells Persky that all he is kugelmas for at this point in his life is “a cautious affair.

The treatment of the theme of art versus reality in “The Kugelmass Episode” is not as developed as it is in Allen’s film, and the moral lessons it teaches are far less obvious. In addition to making films at a rate of about one per year, Allen plays jazz clarinet with the New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra. Kugelmass seeks an escape from reality in kubelmass for the basest of reasons: Jay rated it liked it Sep 13, Kugelmass wants to get into the novel before Emma meets Rodolphe because he can’t compete with him; he episore fashion magazine material.


Persky tosses a paperback copy of Flaubert’s novel into the cabinet with Kugelmass, taps it three times, and Kugelmass finds himself at the Bovary estate in Yonville in the French countryside.

Paperback12 pages. Fantasy in the story is seen on two levels. Kugel is a Jewish holiday dish eaten to celebrate Shavuot, a time set aside for the remembrance of the gift of the Ten Commandmentsthe end of the barley harvest, and the offering of the first fruit at the Temple.

He often juxtaposes the notion of an ideal life that art portrays against his protagonists’ flawed lives. Immigration to New York by European Jews continued in the nineteenth century, intensifying in the s. The brash humor of Lenny Bruce epusode that decade heralded an age of intelligent, sophisticated comedy that tackled important social issues and also spoke kugelmass and irreverently about the Jewish experience.

When Kugelmass is skeptical of his transporting cabinet, he tells Kugelmass “It’s the emess,” then asks for a “double sawbuck” to transport him to Madame Bovary. Only when The Great Persky suggests that he use his transporting cabinet to e;isode any of the women created by the world’s best writers” does he decide that this is the type of fantasy world he will escape to.

Books by Woody Allen. Nov 30, Petite Clementine rated it liked it. Emma is also in pursuit of shallow and meaningless things—idealized romance and fame—that she thinks can make her happy.

Mar 26, Masha Lagonell rated it it was amazing.

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Emma refers to her husband sarcastically as “Mr. But what he doesn’t even consider is that Kugrlmass novel is not about perfect love at all but the ridiculous idealization of it by the title character—which leads to her utter ruin.


Mandel, the analyst, cautions him, “You’re so unrealistic,” Kugelmass decides that he needs a magician rather than an analyst. Heywood “Woody” Allen born Allan Stewart Konigsberg is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian and playwright.

Kugelmass tells her about life back in New York, with its nightlife, fast cars, and movie and TV kuvelmass. Much to the horror of the audience and other characters fpisode the film, he decides to climb out of the movie and run off with her.

During one of Cecelia’s daily visits to the fictional film The Purple Rose of Cairo to see kkugelmass screen idol Gil Shepherd, the character Tom Baxter, played by Shepherd, turns to Cecelia and begins a conversation with her. Mandel, an analyst who warns Kugelmass that an affair won’t solve his problems and that “[he’s] an analyst, not a magician. It appears in the collection, Fierce Pajamas: You can find it on google.

The Kugelmass Episode

In fact Kugelmass is very much like Flaubert’s Emma: He suggests the social-climbing title character of Theodore Dreiser ‘s Sister Carrie and the mad Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, for example.

Nonetheless, “The Kugelmass Episode” continues to be read, being frequently anthologized in collections of American short stories, humor, and Jewish writing, and in was included in print and audio versions of an anthology of stories from The New Yorker.

Kugelmass and “Kugelmass” are archetypally Woody Allen.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Your Show of Shows did not directly address Jewish issues, and in fact fearing the anti-Semitic sentiments of its eppisode pointedly avoided presenting any sense that it was created by Jews. Two collections of his prose writings, Getting Even and Without Feathers appeared during these years.

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