Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature

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Pop culture icon and media mogul Oprah Winfrey has produced or starred in ten films and telefilms. In this collection, the contributors use film, music, masculinity, black feminist, and cultural studies to examine the role Winfrey has played as actress, and in some cases producer, of films that interpret works published by African American writers between 1937 and 1996. Their essays critically examine representations of African Americans and sexuality, blues, class, inter-racial and intra-racial prejudices, and ...

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Overview

Pop culture icon and media mogul Oprah Winfrey has produced or starred in ten films and telefilms. In this collection, the contributors use film, music, masculinity, black feminist, and cultural studies to examine the role Winfrey has played as actress, and in some cases producer, of films that interpret works published by African American writers between 1937 and 1996. Their essays critically examine representations of African Americans and sexuality, blues, class, inter-racial and intra-racial prejudices, and their intersection with Winfrey's influence as interpreter and mediator of African American literature and culture to diverse audiences.

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"This book steps boldly away from the many traditional biographies of Oprah to examine her role as a literary and cultural interpreter, and it would be a valuable addition to any library's collection of critical works on African American literature. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers." - CHOICE

"A provocative discussion of the delicate dance between co-opting and ownership, adaptation and translation. Tara T. Green has assembled a timely collection of essays that speaks to the complexities of Oprah Winfrey's role in shaping racial and cultural literacy - on and off the page." - Carol E. Henderson, Chair, Department of Black American Studies, and Professor of English, University of Delaware, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137282453
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tara T. Green is Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she teaches theory and gender studies courses. She is the author of A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men, which won the National Council for Black Studies Award in 2011 for Outstanding Publication. A graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, she is currently completing a manuscript on New Orleans writer and activist Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Green is also the Vice-President of the Langston Hughes Society.

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