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Oprah Winfrey: The Tycoon

Juliet E. K. Walker

in Building the Black Metropolis: African American Entrepreneurship in Chicago

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041426
eISBN:
9780252050022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041426.003.0011
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines Oprah Winfrey’s emergence as one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs in the entertainment business, as well as an American cultural icon. Beginning in 1985 with The Oprah ... More


“I’m Everywoman”: Oprah Winfrey and Feminist Identification

Jennifer L. Rexroat

in Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734072
eISBN:
9781604734089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter uses Patricia Misciagno’s theory of de facto feminism as a framework to explore Oprah Winfrey’s feminist identification, and shows that while claiming to be the anthemic Everywoman, ... More


Oprah’s Faulkner

Riché Richardson

in Faulkner and Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628461015
eISBN:
9781626740587
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461015.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Riché Richardson’s approach to Faulkner via Oprah Winfrey’s promotion of his novels for her book club shows how Winfrey’s effort to bring Faulkner’s work into the public sphere (via television and ... More


Introduction: Delineating the Contours of the Oprah Culture Industry

Kimberly Springer

in Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734072
eISBN:
9781604734089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of The Oprah Culture Industry (TOCI), which comprises her embodiment, her cultural productions, her actions, and her ideology, and then sets out the ... More


Beginnings with O

John Howard

in Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734072
eISBN:
9781604734089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter explores Oprah Winfrey’s early life. It interrogates her own words as disseminated in popular press interviews and situates a highly constructive biography in the historical realities of ... More


The Oprahfication of 9/11: September 11, the War in Iraq, and The Oprah Winfrey Show

Jaap Kooijman

in Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734072
eISBN:
9781604734089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter discusses how The Oprah Winfrey Show presented the aftermath of 9/11 and the pending war in Iraq in its episodes. It shows that in “The Oprahfication of 9/11,” the show’s discourse on ... More


Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

Trystan T. Cotten and Kimberly Springer (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734072
eISBN:
9781604734089
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This is a collection of essays that explores Oprah Winfrey’s broad reach as an industry and media brand. Contributors analyze a number of topics touching on the ways in which Oprah’s cultural output ... More


New Age Soul: The Gendered Translation of New Age Spirituality on The Oprah Winfrey Show

Karlyn Crowley

in Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734072
eISBN:
9781604734089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Oprah Winfrey has become not just a widely loved talk show host but a spiritual leader in her own right. This chapter shows how she blends New Age culture with a racialized “sister sensibility” to ... More


Television’s Construction of the Celebrity

P. David Marshall

in Celebrity and Power: Fame in Contemporary Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816695621
eISBN:
9781452949680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816695621.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter considers the television celebrity. Compared with the film celebrity, who plays with aura through the construction of distance, the television celebrity is configured around the ... More


Oprah para Mujeres Chicanas: A Survey of the Impact of Oprah’s Message on Chicanas

Adriana Katzew and Lilia de Katzew

in Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734072
eISBN:
9781604734089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter examines the impact of Oprah Winfrey’s message on a selected group of Chicanas in California’s Central Valley comprised of college students and professionals. It shows that while Chicana ... More


From the Nobel to Oprah: Toni Morrison, Body Politics, and Oprah’s Book Club

Edith Frampton

in Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734072
eISBN:
9781604734089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter turns to Oprah’s Book Club, asking whether it is the text, the author, the reader, or the host who carries the most influence in determining textual reception and perceptions. It shows ... More


Literature and the Economy of the Sacred

Günter Leypoldt

in Religion and the Marketplace in the United States

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199361793
eISBN:
9780190233082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199361793.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter offers a theoretical exploration of how the production of the cultural value of “serious” literature depends on economies of symbolic capital that run counter to the actual economies of ... More


From the Lisbon Disaster to Oprah Winfrey: Suffering as Identity in the Era of Globalization

Eva Illouz (ed.)

in Global America?: The Cultural Consequences of Globalization

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853239185
eISBN:
9781846313219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853239185.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines suffering as a form of collective identity, where transnational culture contains not only utopian possibilities but also makes a spectacle of private and public grief. It ... More


Oprah and the New News

Kathleen Dixon and Kacie Jossart

in Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734072
eISBN:
9781604734089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter discusses The Oprah Winfrey Show’s hybridization of the news and talk show conventions. Using the show’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath as a case study, the chapter shows how ... More


Oprah Winfrey: Cultural Icon of Mainstream (White) America

Janice Peck

in The Colorblind Screen: Television in Post-Racial America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479809769
eISBN:
9781479893331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479809769.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter analyzes iconic figures in American popular culture to highlight the ways in which race is read and utilized by audiences, fans, and television programming. It specifically examines the ... More


Confessions from At-Risk Teens: Abstinence, the Social Construction of Promiscuity, and The Oprah Winfrey Show

Katherine Gregory

in Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734072
eISBN:
9781604734089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter explores the regime of abstinence and what messages are circulating about teen sexuality, social agency, and stigma on The Oprah Winfrey Show (TOWS). It shows that in heightening ... More


Neoliberal Life Narrative: From Testimony to Self-Help

Leigh Gilmore

in Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780231177146
eISBN:
9780231543446
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231177146.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

Chapter three examines the historicized women’s life narrative as it migrates into the 21st century, via Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club and television show, to the genres of self-help and redemption ... More


Post[ed]structuralism?: Oprah’s Message Boards, Soul Stories, and the Everyday Lives of Women

Sherra Schick

in Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734072
eISBN:
9781604734089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter, which examines the kind of online community that is created by and for The Oprah Winfrey Show viewers, shows that on Oprah.com, Winfrey’s mission is at the center of the topics ... More


Oprah Goes to Africa: Philanthropic Consumption and Political (Dis)Engagement

Heather Laine Talley and Monica J. Casper

in Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734072
eISBN:
9781604734089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter draws on Oprah’s “Christmas Kindness” (2005) episode, released as part of The Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary DVD Collection, to interrogate her philanthropic activities in Africa. ... More


Beloved Therapies: Oprah and the Hollywood Production of Maternal Horror

Ruby C. Tapia

in American Pietàs: Visions of Race, Death, and the Maternal

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816653102
eISBN:
9781452946153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816653102.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter examines the visual adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved into the 1998 Hollywood film, exploring whether or not it can convey alternative experiences and meanings of the maternal ... More


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