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Stories of OprahThe Oprahfication of American Culture$
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Trystan T. Cotten and Kimberly Springer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734072

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.001.0001

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The Oprahfication of 9/11

The Oprahfication of 9/11

September 11, the War in Iraq, and The Oprah Winfrey Show

(p.131) 9 Chapter Nine The Oprahfication of 9/11
Stories of Oprah

Jaap Kooijman

University Press of Mississippi

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 terrorism and war “transform[ed] possible feelings of fear, anger, anxiety, and grief into acts of American patriotism,” turning “9/11 into a personal yet collective experience of the political.”

Keywords:   Oprah Winfrey, war in Iraq, 9/11, terrorism, patriotism

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