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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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From the Nobel to Oprah

From the Nobel to Oprah

Toni Morrison, Body Politics, and Oprah’s Book Club

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(p.145) 10 Chapter Ten From the Nobel to Oprah
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Stories of Oprah
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Edith Frampton

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0011

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 that, beyond merely reaping the extreme financial benefits from Oprah’s seal of approval, authors, such as the Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, must reckon with the politicization of readers as they claim agency according to Winfrey’s edicts, and apply that agency to their literary works in both expected and perhaps unintended ways.

Keywords:   Oprah Winfrey, textual reception, Toni Morrison, politicization, literary works

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