Tyler Perry's America: Inside His Films (Paperback)Shayne Lee (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 219 x 151 x 16 mm
Lee's book clearly demonstrates the necessity of scholarly treatments of Perry's oeuvre. Quite simply, to ignore Perry is to ignore a central figure not just in Black film but American independent film. There is still much work to be done on Perry and his media empire, including his use of genre and seriality, but Lee's book is a welcome contribution to the evolving Tyler Perry discourse. * Journal of Popular Film and Television *
Shayne Lee's Tyler Perry's America, the first book-length study of Perry's movies, sheds the most positive light on the artist and his work.... Lee's study systematically covers all of Perry's work-from his debut film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), up to and including Good Deeds (2012)-a total of eleven productions.... The author craftily links a large number of classic and contemporary filmmakers and films, some focused on African American culture and some not, to Perry and his collection. So while Humphrey Bogart's character in the film Key Largo (1948) appears at the beginning of chapter 2, the book's appendix and chapter 5 are more general and thus noteworthy. The former is about the social import of black film and new promising directions it should take; sociologists will be especially attracted to it. The latter, treating five functions of art that are implicit in Perry's work, will appeal to readers interested in a larger American pragmatist tradition of artistic production. * American Quarterly *
It is impossible to understand modern America without understanding the phenomenon that is Tyler Perry. In this book, Shayne Lee does a masterful job bringing us into the world of Tyler Perry films and helping us understand what they tell us about ourselves. A riveting read; be prepared to be surprised. -- Michael Emerson, Rice University; author of Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America
In Tyler Perry's America: Inside His Films, sociologist Shayne Lee offers an unmatched and unrivaled scholarly consideration of the sociocultural relevance of Perry's oeuvre for a post-civil rights, post-soul era. With a keen eye towards class, religion, and race, among a host of other domains, and with a new approach to evaluation at hand, Lee ups the analytical ante by transgressing the all-too-easy conflict management and moral maintenance analyses that have shaped previous treatments of this and other subjects. Lee offers here a compelling, rigorous sociological approach to his data that sets a new standard of engagement that future treatments will have to, no doubt, consider. -- Monica R. Miller, Lehigh University; author of Religion and Hip Hop
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