Interpreting Tyler Perry

Interpreting Tyler Perry

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Tyler Perry has become a significant figure in media due to his undeniable box office success led by his character Madea and popular TV sitcoms House of Payne and Meet the Browns. Perry built a multimedia empire based largely on his popularity among African American viewers and has become a prominent and dominant cultural storyteller. Along with Perrya€™s success has come scrutiny by some social critics and Hollywood well-knowns, like Spike Lee, who have started to deconstruct the images in Perrya€™s films and TV shows suggesting, as Lee did, that Perry has used his power to advance stereotypical depictions of African Americans. The book provides a rich and thorough overview of Tyler Perrya€™s media works. In so doing, contributors represent and approach their analyses of Perrya€™s work from a variety of theoretical and methodological angles. The main themes explored in the volume include the representation of (a) Black authenticity and cultural production, (b) class, religion, and spirituality, (c) gender and sexuality, and (d) Black love, romance, and family. Perrya€™s critical acclaim is also explored.When Robert is hesitant to kiss Winston in the play, he replies(McGruder aamp; Kim, 2010): WINSTON: I understand, Winston Jerome would ... During the Fear Factor moment, the audience witnesses a shift in the representation of homoeroticism.

Title:Interpreting Tyler Perry
Author:Jamel Santa Cruze Bell, Ronald L. Jackson II
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-10-23


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