"Are you getting angry Doctor?" : Madea, strategy and the fictional rejection of black female containment

dc.contributor.advisorRichardson, Matt, 1969-
dc.creatorFaust, Mitchell R.en
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-13T22:09:24Zen
dc.date.issued2014-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2014en
dc.date.updated2014-10-13T22:09:24Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractWithin the scope of this thesis, I provide close textual and visual readings of director/actor/producer Tyler Perry's most well-known character, Mable "Madea" Simmons -- a performance he does in full female drag attire -- focusing on his mainstream hit film, Madea Goes to Jail (2009). My reading of the character of Madea veers against the common narrative her existence being just another recycled trope of men disguised as women only to perform in stereotypical and demonizing behavior. I argue Madea represents what I refer to as a "trans*female character", within the space of Perry's popular film that feature her. Read through the lens of being trans*female character, I propose this shift in analysis and critique of cinematic displays of drag helps to transgress beyond male/female binaries of acceptable and possible visual gender representations. More in-depth, using the theoretical concept of Gwendolyn Pough's "bringing wreck", I make the argument that while ostensibly representing the "angry black woman" stereotype, Madea's characterization and actions within the film represent strategies and efforts to not be contained within hegemonic ideals of black female respectability politics and the law efforts to put her behind bars. By "bringing wreck", Madea's fictional acts of violence and talking back are read as a strategy that reflects a historical trend of misrecognition that renders black women's concerns and discontent with marginalization as irrational anger.en
dc.description.departmentAfrican and African Diaspora Studiesen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/26506en
dc.subjectBlack womenen
dc.subjectDragen
dc.subjectViolenceen
dc.subjectFilmen
dc.subjectStereotypesen
dc.subjectMainstreamen
dc.subjectPopular Cultureen
dc.subjectTyler Perryen
dc.subjectFeminismen
dc.subjectQueeren
dc.title"Are you getting angry Doctor?" : Madea, strategy and the fictional rejection of black female containmenten
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentAfrican and African Diaspora Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineAfrican and African Diaspora Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen

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