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Oprah : The Gospel of an Icon / Kathryn Lofton.

Author/Creator:
Lofton, Kathryn, author., Author,
Publication:
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, [2011]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (304 p.)
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Subjects:
Religion and culture -- Religious aspects -- United States.
Popular culture.
Celebrities.
Local subjects:
Celebrities. (search)
Oprah Winfrey show. (search)
Popular culture -- Religious aspects. (search)
Religion and culture -- United States. (search)
United States -- Religion. (search)
Winfrey, Oprah -- Influence. (search)
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
"Today on Oprah," intoned the TV announcer, and all over America viewers tuned in to learn, empathize, and celebrate. In this book, Kathryn Lofton investigates the Oprah phenomenon and finds in Winfrey's empire-Harpo Productions, O Magazine, and her new television network-an uncanny reflection of religion in modern society. Lofton shows that when Oprah liked, needed, or believed something, she offered her audience nothing less than spiritual revolution, reinforced by practices that fuse consumer behavior, celebrity ambition, and religious idiom. In short, Oprah Winfrey is a media messiah for a secular age. Lofton's unique approach also situates the Oprah enterprise culturally, illuminating how Winfrey reflects and continues historical patterns of American religions.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Practicing Purchase: The Prosperity Gospel of a Spiritual Capitalism
Chapter 2. Celebrity Spirit: The Incorporation of Your Best Life
Chapter 3. Diverting Conversions: The Makeover as Social Rite
Chapter 4. Preacher Queen: The Race and Gender of America's Confessor
Chapter 5. Reading Religiously: The Reformations of Oprah's Book Club
Chapter 6. Missionary Gift: The Globalization of Inspiration
Conclusion
Epilogue: Political Spirituality, or the Oprahfication of Obama
Notes
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
ISBN:
1-283-27750-6
9786613277503
0-520-94824-6
OCLC:
701704300
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520948242 doi