Oprah Winfrey is the protagonist of the story to be told here, but this book has broader intentions, begins Eva Illouz in this original examination of how and why this talk show host has become a pervasive symbol in American culture. Unlike studies of talk shows that decry debased cultural standards and impoverished political consciousness, Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery asks us to rethink our perceptions of culture in general and popular culture in particular.
At a time when crises of morality, beliefs, value systems, and personal worth dominate both public and private spheres, Oprah's emergence as a cultural form -- the Oprah persona -- becomes clearer, as she successfully reiterates some of our most pressing moral questions. Drawing on nearly one hundred show transcripts; a year and a half of watching the show regularly; and analysis of magazine articles, several biographies,
O Magazine, Oprah Book Club novels, self-help manuals promoted on the show, and hundreds of discussions on the Oprah Winfrey Web site, Illouz takes the Oprah industry seriously, revealing it to be a multilayered "textual structure" that initiates, stages, and performs narratives of suffering and self-improvement that resonate with a wide audience and challenge traditional models of cultural analysis. This book looks closely at Oprah's method and her message, and in the process reconsiders popular culture and the tools we use to understand it.
Subjects: Performing Arts, Sociology
Biography: Oprah Gail Winfrey Essay
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Oprah Winfrey is a household name, not only in America but throughout the world. She has graced Americans’ televisions for the over twenty-five years. Oprah has impacted many lives across the globe, whether it be first hand or through her powerful words of wisdom and encouragement. Many know of Oprah as we see her today; however, they don’t have knowledge of her past and the circumstances that shaped and molded her into the woman that we all know today. Oprah Winfrey did not always have the things she possesses today, but it was the determination and drive that brought her this far. Oprah Gail Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 to humble beginnings in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She was born out of wedlock to Vernita Lee and Vernon…show more content…
Her father was a religious man and expected a lot of Oprah. He was very strict and offered Oprah the structure she needed in her life. He expected her to earn the highest grades, attend church, and set an example of a model student for those younger than her. Oprah attended East Nashville High School, this is where she flourished. Oprah was in a number of clubs. She was in the drama club, forensics club, honor society, and a member of the student council. High School is where Oprah began to develop the personality that we all know and love today. (Garson) At the age of 17, she won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant and was offered a job working for a local radio station. During her senior year she was voted Most Popular Girl. In 1971, Oprah enrolls in Tennessee State University. ("Oprah Winfrey Biography.") Despite wanting to attend a school that had more diversity, Oprah enrolled and attended Tennessee State University. She majored in Speech Communications and Performing Arts. Oprah chose to attend this school because she won a scholarship. Oprah excelled throughout college, but dropped out before graduation to take a job offer. Oprah took a job as a reporter and co-anchor of for an evening news program in Baltimore, Maryland. It was here that a career in television began to flourish and she started to climb the ladder of success. (Garson) After showing her abilities as reporter and co-anchor for evening television, a promotion was on the way. In 1978,