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Madea's Family History

Title: Madea's Family History: A Critical Analysis of the Stage Plays and Films of Tyler Perry.
Name(s): Heartley, Alfred, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis investigates the films and stage plays of Tyler Perry through a comparative analysis of his works, specifically, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea Goes To Jail, and Madea's Family Reunion. African American theater and film director, writer, and actor, Tyler Perry has become an international Black cultural phenomenon primarily through his infamous loud-mouth, gun-toting, irascible character that he plays in drag, Mabel "Madea" Simmons. Although widely recognized for his films, many people criticize Perry for the use of negative tropes and stereotypes in his stage plays and films. In this, my examination takes into consideration enduring stereotypes and tropes of African American peoples such as the Mammy, the Tragic Mulatta, and the Buck figures that I argue are complex figures within Perry"s work. I propose that there are significant differences between Perry"s work in theater and Perry"s work in film in text and plot. I also introduce a new theory of African American performance based off of Henry Louis Gates"s idea of intertextuality, which I call intermediality, the repetition and revision of performance between different mediums. Through my examination, I discover the multifarious layers that exist within Perry"s stage plays and films that impact the African American community both positively and negatively. As I argue, Perry"s work remains very popular within the African American community and, therefore, there must be more critical scholarship on his works as well as additional work on the theory of intermediality within African American theater studies.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0016 (IID)
Keywords: Tyler Perry, Madea, Chitlin circuit, Theatre, African American, Black film
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Theater in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: March 30, 2011.
Subject(s): Theater
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Heartley, A. (2011). Madea's Family History: A Critical Analysis of the Stage Plays and Films of Tyler Perry. Retrieved from