Posts Tagged ‘Oprah Winfrey’

November 15th, 2012

Los Angeles Review of Books reviews Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon

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The Los Angeles Review of Books recently reviewed TIF editor-at-large Kathryn Lofton’s book Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon.

July 5th, 2012

Interview with Kathryn Lofton

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Kathryn Lofton recently sat down with Kristian Peterson of the website New Books in Religion, to discuss her recent title, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon.

May 25th, 2011

After Oprah

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On the occassion of the final broadcast of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Kathryn Lofton reflects, in an On Faith article, on what Oprah was.

May 16th, 2011

Oprah the Omnipotent

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Lofton tells me she shares with Jonathan Z. Smith the view that difference is the beginning of any good conversation. I am going to take her up on that notion and dwell here on a point of disagreement rather than those points, about the wild commingling of religion and consumption, upon which we agree. . . . I agree with Lofton that there is all too much about Oprah’s world and her devotees to make one wonder—at least from a certain highbrow academic standpoint—about “the intensity of their shallowness.” Call me an unreconstructed humanist, an overly hopeful liberal, but I doubt that banality is the sum of the matter, even for Oprah’s most frivolous (or lighthearted) fans.

May 6th, 2011

O is for Ozarks

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O is for Oprah. O is for Ozarks. Can the second embrace the first? Though Lofton stays away from the issue of audience reactions, it is an intriguing question. Dubbed an “Evangelical Epicenter” by the Patchwork Nation project, my Ozarks county is a long way from Oprah’s Chicago studio.

January 26th, 2011

What is Oprah?: An interview with Kathryn Lofton

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In Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon, just out from University of California Press, Yale religion professor Kathryn Lofton orchestrates an encounter between American religious history and daytime television. Oprah Winfrey and the media empire that bears here name, Lofton finds, bear the rudiments of modern, neoliberal womanhood, conveyed through a resolutely non-religious spirituality.

January 19th, 2009

The Oprahfication of Obama

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First, you need a name.  Not just any name.  A weird name: a Biblical misspelling, maybe, or an invocation of some distant land.  No matter what: the name needs an O.  The O will come in handy when you need to summon a common sphere, encourage chanting, or design a gentle logo.  Never deny the utility of its replication, never avoid its allusion, and never miss a moment for its branding.  An O is a space anyone can fill with anything.