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Palgrave Macmillan

Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature

ISBN 9781137282453
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Oprah Winfrey has long promoted black issues by being involved as a producer or actor in the adaptation of works by African American writers for film. These include The Color Purple, Native Son, The Women of Brewster Place, Beloved, The Wedding, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Precious. This volume evaluates Winfrey's involvement in the visual interpretation of African American literary texts. The contributors use film, music, black masculinity, black feminist, and cultural studies to examine the role she has played as actress, and in some cases, producer, of films that interpret works published by African American writers between 1937 and 1996.

TARA T. GREEN is an Associate Professor and Director of African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA 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.

The Black Matriarch's Quest for Love: Oprah Winfrey as Sofia in The Color Purple; T.T.Green
Oprah Winfrey and the Trauma Drama: 'What's So Good About Feeling Bad?'; R.Guthrie
Creating a Legacy of Disconnection: Colorism and Classism in Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding; P.E.Whitfield McDaniels
Wanderlust, Hysteria, and Insurrection: (Re)presenting the 'Beloved' Sweet Home Men; R.Randolph
'Let the Music Play': Music, Meaning, and Method in Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God; N.Lester
Blues, Hope, and Disturbing Images: A Comparison of Sapphire's Push and the Film Precious; W.Rountree

RICARDO GUTHRIE Northern Arizona University, USA
NEAL LESTER Arizona State University, USA
ROBERT E. RANDOLPH, JR. University of North Carolina-Greensboro, USA
WENDY ROUNTREE North Carolina Central University, USA


'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
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