Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon

Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon

by Kathryn Lofton
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Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon by Kathryn Lofton

"Today on Oprah," intoned the TV announcer, and all over America viewers tuned in to learn, empathize, and celebrate. In this book, Kathryn Lofton investigates the Oprah phenomenon and finds in Winfrey’s empire—Harpo Productions, O Magazine, and her new television network—an uncanny reflection of religion in modern society. Lofton shows that when Oprah liked, needed, or believed something, she offered her audience nothing less than spiritual revolution, reinforced by practices that fuse consumer behavior, celebrity ambition, and religious idiom. In short, Oprah Winfrey is a media messiah for a secular age. Lofton’s unique approach also situates the Oprah enterprise culturally, illuminating how Winfrey reflects and continues historical patterns of American religions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520948242
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/02/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 485 KB

About the Author

Kathryn Lofton is the Sarai Ribicoff Associate Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies at Yale University.

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Anonymous 7 months ago
So now she's a god?