Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Productions (Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice)

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Tyler Perry has made over half a billion dollars through the development of storylines about black women, black communities and black religion. Yet, a text that responds to his efforts from the perspective of these groups does not exist.


“Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Productions is the first scholarly text that analyzes, from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, Perry’s body of work–plays, films, and television series. Long overdue are these probing assessments of the most successful, yet controversial black filmmaker of our era. Especially compelling are their assessments of Perry’s complex gender politics, his religious themes, and the dissonance between his popularity and the responses of critics. The anthology includes prominent theologians, literary and film critics, and womanist/feminist scholars from a broad array of disciplines, which include African American Studies, Women’s Studies, Ethics, Performance Studies, and Theology. One of the most provocative explorations of black popular culture that I have had the pleasure of reading.”–Beverly Guy-Sheftall is founding Director of the Women’s Research & Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College, USA.”

For the past decade Tyler Perry has been at the center of many discussions of gender and respectability politics within black communities. Despite the decidedly low brow quality of his productions, the contributors to Womanist and Black Feminist Response to Tyler Perry Productions brilliantly respond to the challenges and possibilities afforded by Perry’s emergence.’–Mark Anthony Neal, author Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities (2013).”This is both a timely and profound project–to have black women thinkers taking the lead in analyzing a producer who has made millions of dollars on his reductionist productions of black women’s maybe-lives. This book breaks new ground as different generations of scholars bring a revived black cultural criticism out to play.”–Stephanie Y. Mitchem, Professor, Religious Studies/Women and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina, USA.

About the Author

Lisa Allen, Interdenominational Theological Center, USA Brittney Cooper, Rutgers, USA Joy James, Williams College, USA Nyasha Junior, Howard University, USA Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, Shaw University, USA Robert J. Patterson, Georgetown University, USA Whitney Peoples, Emory University, USA T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Vanderbilt University, USA Yolande M. S. Tomlinson, Emory University, USA Emilie M. Townes, Vanderbilt University, USA Andrea C. White, Emory University, USA Terrion L. Williamson, Michigan State University, USA