Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery: An Essay on Popular Culture

Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery: An Essay on Popular Culture

by Eva Illouz
     
 

Mixing textual and audience studies, the author presents a sociological examination of the "tentacular cultural structure" of The Oprah Winfrey Show. She seeks to clarify the historical and cultural meanings that the show stages as well as explain and critique her moral and therapeutic enterprise that Oprah Winfrey has assumed. Her analysis rests on aSee more details below

Overview

Mixing textual and audience studies, the author presents a sociological examination of the "tentacular cultural structure" of The Oprah Winfrey Show. She seeks to clarify the historical and cultural meanings that the show stages as well as explain and critique her moral and therapeutic enterprise that Oprah Winfrey has assumed. Her analysis rests on a tripartite view of cultural meaning as a way of constructing ethical purpose, as the arena in which different groups struggle to define legitimacy, and as the outcome of social and institutional forces. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231118125
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/29/2003
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Eva Illouz is a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of Consuming the Romantic Utopia: Love and the Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism (University of California Press) and The Culture of Capitalism (in Hebrew).

Columbia University Press

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Oprah Winfrey and the Study of Culture1
2The Success of a Self-Failed Woman16
3Everyday Life as the Uncanny: The Oprah Winfrey Show as a New Cultural Genre47
4Pain and Circuses77
5The Hypertext of Identity120
6Suffering and Self-Help as Global Forms of Identity156
7The Sources and Resources of The Oprah Winfrey Show178
8Toward an Impure Critique of Popular Culture206
9Conclusion: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Television236
Notes243
Bibliography263
Subject Index293
Name Index297

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