© 2003

Oprah, Celebrity and Formations of Self


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Sherryl Wilson
    Pages 1-15
  3. Sherryl Wilson
    Pages 16-51
  4. Sherryl Wilson
    Pages 96-120
  5. Sherryl Wilson
    Pages 121-155
  6. Sherryl Wilson
    Pages 156-190
  7. Sherryl Wilson
    Pages 191-200
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 201-230

About this book


Oprah Winfrey has transcended her status as talk show host to become a cultural icon of some considerable stature. This book explores the nature of Oprah's celebrity persona and considers the relevance that she has to contemporary audiences. The stories recounted by guests, and the ways in which confessional discourse works to produce a particular relationship between Oprah, her guests and the audience members are considered within the context of contemporary American culture.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Bournemouth Media SchoolBournemouth UniversityUK

About the authors

SHERRYL WILSON is a lecturer in Media Theory at Bournemouth Media School, Bournemouth University, UK. Her interests include the cult of celebrity, reality TV, popular culture and identity. She has previously taught at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, University of the West of England, UK.

Bibliographic information


'...interesting and challenging...offer[s] a nuanced and appreciated analysis of the way that experience is explored in the talk show whilst retaining a critical perspective of of the overall social significance of these performances.' - Peter Lunt, University College London