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Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon Paperback – 18 Feb 2011

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  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (18 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520267524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520267527
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
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"A fascinating new perspective on a media icon."--Vanessa Bush"Booklist" (03/01/2011)

"Budding and active scholars of cultural, popular, and religious studies will read with interest."--Jewell Anderson"Library Journal" (03/15/2011)

"If you read it [Oprah], you won't think about the connection between religion and consumer culture the same way again."--Thomas S. Kidd"Patheos" (03/09/2011)

"A unique analysis of the talk queen's multimedia empire."--Shirley Bolden"B.l.a.c." (03/01/2011)

"Makes a powerful case for viewing Oprah as a significant moment in religious culture."--Milo Yiannopoulos"Catholic Herald" (04/20/2011)

"Tantalizing."--Amy Frykholm"Christian Century" (06/28/2011)

"Thoroughly researches, engagingly written, deftly weaving together major currents of US religious and cultural history, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon will hold great interest for students and scholars in religious studies, American studies, and media and cultural studies, but Winfrey's fans may also enjoy this lively exegesis of their heroine."--Janice Peck"Journal Of American Stds" (02/01/2012)

"A fascinating study of the modern-day deity's 25 years as the world's most beloved BFF, exhaustively researched and elegantly considered. Buy it for the smartest Oprah fan you know."-- (09/01/2011)

"[Lofton's] authorial voice is, by turns, instructing, funny, ironic, snide, brilliantly analytical, undeniably astute . . . and feisty."-- (02/20/2013)

"Lofton's careful and engaging work is sure to warrant responses. How wonderful that this book is the one to set the stage."-- (12/01/2011)

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"Better than celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley, Kathryn Lofton exposes Oprah's secret--the religious resonance of her persona in popular culture. Brilliantly orchestrated, full of ah-ha and light-bulb moments, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon takes us into the mediated spirituality, collective rituals, and everyday epiphanies of being Oprah and being in Oprah's world. If you are looking for sensationalism and scandal, read this book and find a sensational, substantial, and insightful analysis of religion and American popular culture."--David Chidester, author of Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture

"Lofton manages a rare feat. This book shakes and awakens our minds, compelling us to interpret and make sense of a multifaceted woman who has become a consumer and cultural phenomenon unprecedented in American and world history."--Eva Illouz, author of Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery: An Essay on Popular Culture

"Lofton's Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon defies categorization, offering a brilliantly creative way to explore what religion is and where we look to find it. It's all here--fashion, celebrity, media, glamour, and spirituality, an analysis of the world that produced Oprah as well as the world that Oprah produces."--J. Terry Todd, Director, Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, Drew University

"Lofton brilliantly analyzes the Oprah phenomenon in religio-historical context. Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon provides a new way of understanding how Oprah operates as a preacher and as a missionary in spite of the presumed secularity of her enterprises, and shows how her world successfully intertwines commerce and religion. It is a truly outstanding work."--Cynthia Eller, Montclair State University

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