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From Madea to media mogul : theorizing Tyler Perry

Author: TreaAndrea M Russworm; Samantha N Sheppard; Karen M Bowdre
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For over a decade Tyler Perry has been a lightning rod for both criticism and praise. To some he is most widely known for his drag performances as Madea, a self-proclaimed "mad black woman," not afraid to brandish a gun or a scalding pot of grits. But to others who watch the film industry, he is the businessman who by age thirty-six had sold more than $100 million in tickets, $30 million in videos, $20 million in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
From Madea to media mogul.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2016
(DLC) 2015048409
Named Person: Tyler Perry; Tyler Perry
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: TreaAndrea M Russworm; Samantha N Sheppard; Karen M Bowdre
ISBN: 9781496807083 1496807081
OCLC Number: 933211453
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; CONTENTS; FOREWORD-CENTRALITY; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION-RESPECTABILITY: Media Studies Has Ninety-Nine Problems ... But Tyler Perry Ain't One of Them?; CHAPTER 1-PLATFORMS: "Tyler Perry Presents . . .": The Cultural Projects, Partnerships, and Politics of Perry's Media Platforms; CHAPTER 2-CHITLIN: From the Margins to Center Stage: Tyler Perry's Popular African American Theatre; CHAPTER 3-GOSPEL: Tyler Perry, T.D. Jakes, and the Birth of Gospel Cinema; CHAPTER 4-AFFECT: Worship at the Altar of Perry: Spectatorship and the Aesthetics of Testimony CHAPTER 5-CINEPHILIA: "All My Life I Had to Fight": Domestic Trauma and Cinephilia in Tyler Perry's Archive of FeelingsCHAPTER 6-DISGUISE: "Who I Am Is Conflicting with This Dress I Got On": Madea's Intimate Public and the Possibilities and Limitations of False Disguise; CHAPTER 7-NICHE: One Man Hollywood: The Decline of Black Creative Production in Post-Network Television; CHAPTER 8-THIRST: Bring the Payne: The Erasure of the Black Sitcom and the Emergence of Tyler Perry's House of Payne CHAPTER 9-EXCEPTIONALISM: Spike and Tyler's Beef: Blackness, Authenticity, and Discourses of Black ExceptionalismCHAPTER 10-MOGUL: The Case for Calling George Lucas the "White Tyler Perry"; CHAPTER 11-REBRAND: To Brand and Rebrand: Questioning the Futurity of Tyler Perry; EPILOGUE-MADEA: Playing with the Changes; Contributors; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Responsibility: edited by TreaAndrea M. Russworm, Samantha N. Sheppard, and Karen M. Bowdre ; foreword by Eric Pierson.

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"For over a decade Tyler Perry has been a lightning rod for both criticism and praise. To some he is most widely known for his drag performances as Madea, a self-proclaimed "mad black woman," not afraid to brandish a gun or a scalding pot of grits. But to others who watch the film industry, he is the businessman who by age thirty-six had sold more than $100 million in tickets, $30 million in videos, $20 million in merchandise, and was producing 300 projects each year viewed by 35,000 every week. Is the commercially successful African American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, and producer "malt liquor for the masses," an "embarrassment to the race," or is he a genius who has directed the most culturally significant American melodramas since Douglas Sirk? Are his films and television shows even melodramas, or are they conservative Christian diatribes, cheeky camp, or social satires? Do Perry's flattened narratives and character tropes irresponsibly collapse important social discourses into one-dimensional tales that affirm the notion of a "post-racial" society? This volume makes the argument that Tyler Perry must be understood as a figure at the nexus of converging factors, cultural events, and historical traditions. The essays challenge value-judgment criticism and offer new insights on the industrial and formal qualities of Perry's work"--

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