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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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Stories of Oprah

John Howard

University Press of Mississippi

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 1950s Mississippi, 1960s Nashville and Milwaukee, and 1980s Chicago. The chapter identifies a queer turn in this hagiography: a repurposing of the American Dream trope for a multicultural America.

Keywords:   Oprah Winfrey, early life, biography, American Dream, multicultural America

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