CFP: Oprah Anthology (no deadline noted; collection)

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Revised call: Oprah Anthology

We are soliciting papers for an academic anthology on the phenomenon of
Oprah. It is undeniable that Oprah Winfrey has transcended the iconic
cult of celebrity to become a Western cultural force of the late-twentieth
and early twenty-first centuries. As her show nears its much anticipated
end — though its endless reproduction in syndication seems inevitable — it
seems appropriate to produce an anthology that evaluates the multifaceted
influences and implications of Oprah.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

- Oprah as a cultural phenomena
- Oprah as icon
- Marketing Oprah
- Oprah and Black feminisms
- Oprah and spirituality
- O magazine
- Oprah and autobiographical confession
- Oprah and middle-classes identity
- Oprah and economic empowerment
- Oprah and female empowerment
- Racial uplift and Oprah
- One of my best friends: Oprah and white viewers

If interested, please send an abstract (no more than 1 1/2 typed pages)
to either:

Elwood Watson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/ Assistant Chair
Department of History
East Tennessee State University
P.O. Box 70672
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614-1709
 (423) 439-8575

Jennifer Harris
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Windsor
401 Sunset
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4

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