Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture Trystan T. Cotten

ISBN: 9781604734072

Published: November 12th 2009

Hardcover

240 pages


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Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture  by  Trystan T. Cotten

Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture by Trystan T. Cotten
November 12th 2009 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 240 pages | ISBN: 9781604734072 | 7.73 Mb

Stories of Oprah is a collection of essays that explores Oprah Winfreys broad reach as an industry and media brand. Contributors analyze a number of topics touching on the ways in which her cultural output shapes contemporary America. The volumeMoreStories of Oprah is a collection of essays that explores Oprah Winfreys broad reach as an industry and media brand. Contributors analyze a number of topics touching on the ways in which her cultural output shapes contemporary America. The volume examines how Oprah has fashioned a persona--which emphasizes her rural, poverty-stricken roots over other factors--that helps her popularize her unique blend of New Age spirituality, neoliberal politics, and African American preaching.

She packages New Age spirituality through the rhetoric of race, gender, and the black preacher tradition. Oprahs Book Club has reshaped literary publishing, bringing Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, and Cormac McCarthy to a broad number of readers.

Her brand extends worldwide through the internet. In this volume writers analyze her positions on teen sexuality, gender, race, and politics, and the impact of Winfreys confessional mode on mainstream television news.The book also addresses twenty-first-century issues, showing Winfreys influence on how Americans and Europeans responded to 9/11, and how Harpo Productions created a deracialized film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurstons classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God in 2005.

Throughout, Stories of Oprah challenges readers to reflect on how Oprah the Industry has reshaped Americas culture, history, and politics.



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