A Robin Wood Bibliography
A descriptive, illustrated bibliography of the work of noted film critic Robin Wood
These are titles that may or may not have been written by Wood, or are by him but may never be published.
• A Concise History of the French Language (Phonology and Morphology), by John A. Fox, B.A., D. de L'U, and Robin Wood, B. A.
Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1968 (reprinted twice, 1970, and 1971, 94 pages, ISBN 0 631 11730 X; also a trade paperback version.
This book may or may not be by our Robin Wood. It is sometimes listed as a Wood title, but the identification of the author, listed as Head of Modern Languages at Springfield School, Middlesbrough, has not yet been identified as a Wood posting.
• Michael Haneke
Wayne State University Press, Detroit, year to come, pages to come, ISBN to come. Announced in 2007 or 2008 as Wood's next book, but probably unfinished at the time of his death. Note, 2016: The book never appeared, due to the author's death. But there are several essays on Haneke scattered throughout Wood's later years of publication.
• Wood also wrote at least three novels. One has been published.
• Wood, Robin, Trammel Up the Consequence, Light Struck Film and Media, Toronto, 2011, 398 pages.
The novel is edited by Gary McCallum, and features an introduction by John Anderson. Included are two black and white photographs of the young Robin Wood. The novel apparently can be accessed here, but the accompanying description confuses Wood the movie writer with Robin Wood, the tarot deck illustrator. The title comes from a line in Macbeth, a Shakespeare play that Wood esteemed much higher than Hamlet, although the original title was I Remember, I Remember, from a Thomas Hood poem.
According to the introduction by Mr. Anderson, the titles of other fiction works by Robin Wood include:
• "Where the Nighmare Ends"
This is a novella in the horror genre. According to Mr. Anderson, it was written around the early 1980s, in the wake of the successful Toronto festival package of The American Nightmare. The novella originally began as a screenplay, to be produced by interested parties inspired by the package, but – in a still unchronicled incident in Wood's life – the film project fell apart. The materials for the screenplay were incorporated into the novella, which was a fictional continuation of some of the critical ideas explored in The American Nightmare.
• The Last and Fatal Time
This is a detective or mystery novel set in the gay subculture of Toronto, perhaps specifically Wood's own apartment building, and features a cat loving character with a name similar his Wood's daughter. According to Mr. Anderson, the novel was inspired by Wood's extensive reading in the mysteries by British and American women writers including Elizabeth George, among many others. This novel was completed in the late 1980s.
• Mixed Doubles.
Little is known of this book, which was another thriller, but like a revised version of I Remember, I Remember - Trammel Up the Consequence, it was – though praised – rejected by various publishers, and Wood resisted making emendations that may have encouraged editors to take a closer look.
• Mr. Anderson also mentions that in the 20 year period from the early 1980s to the late 1990s, Wood wrote three novels, two of which were converted into screenplays prospectively for director Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, unfilmed. The titles of these novels and screenplays go uncited, but may include Trammel Up the Consequences and The Last and Fatal Time. Wood also collaborated on an original screenplay with Mr. Hermosillo, and according to Mr. Anderson, went on to write two more novels (which again, may be Trammel and Fatal Time).
• Wood may also have written music reviews for a Canadian journal but information is sketchy. Note, 2016: These articles have been tracked down by Michael Celec, and they appeared in Fugue magazine. Citations can be found in the "magazines" section of this bibliography.
Besides this bibliography, there are two Robin Wood appreciation and news websites.
Though this website hasn't been updated since 2011 [as of early 2016] the site does include information, links to interviews, and illustrations.
This page can be reached via Gary McCallum's Facebook page.