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Epilogue

Epilogue

Playing with the Changes

Chapter:
(p.233) Epilogue
Source:
From Madea to Media Mogul
Author(s):
Miriam J. Petty
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496807045.003.0012

Miriam J. Petty contributes a brief reflection on her personal and professional engagement with Perry’s controversial character Madea. She thinks about Madea as a figure that allows Perry the freedom to cross otherwise uncrossable lines and boundaries, and to play generically, iconographically, intertextually, cross-culturally, visually, intergenerationally and performatively. Playing in this multitude of ways allows him to bring Madea forth in all of her taboo, ideologically vexed, contradictory glory. Ultimately, the one act enables the other; their interconnectedness is at the core of Perry’s significance as contemporary cultural phenomenon.

Keywords:   Play, Madea, Performative, Contradictory, Phenomenon

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