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Oprah, celebrity and formations of self

Wilson, Sherryl

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Examining the phenomenon of the Oprah Winfrey Show within the context of contemporary American culture, the book considers the reasons for the popularity of this television programme. It explores Winfrey's celebrity persona, the ways in which individuals construct selfhood, and the role of confession. Drawing on cultural criticism and a black feminist perspective, the book demonstrates the range of conflicting discourses that are manifest on the show and combine to produce something that is carnivalesque in form.


Wilson, S. (2003). Oprah, celebrity and formations of self. Palgrave Macmillan

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Nov 1, 2003
Publicly Available Date Jun 9, 2019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Series Title Social and Cultural Studies Collection 2003-2004
ISBN 978-1403916815
Keywords Oprah Winfrey, TV talk show, American culture, confession
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Additional Information Additional Information : 'Wilson, Sherryl. Introduction, 2003 Palgrave Macmillan reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan'. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive version of this piece may be found in Oprah, Celebrity and Formations of Self by Sherryl Wilson which can be purchased from


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