Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery: An Essay on Popular Culture
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Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery: An Essay on Popular Culture

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Oprah Winfrey is the protagonist of the story to be told here, but this book has broader intentions, begins Eva Illouz in this original examination of how and why this talk show host has become a pervasive symbol in American culture. Unlike studies of talk shows that decry debased cultural standards and impoverished political consciousness, "Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour o...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 5th 2003 by Columbia University Press (first published 2003)
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Bapak pemilik publishing meminta untuk me-review-nya, since m the one doin the translation - back then, gila jaman kiplik awal baru kenal Ronny.

It's too bad that the book cant come out in first place, not bcoz m the one doin the translation but far more since it's the new option to look at the world. A scope offered by a famous show-lady who brings pop into culture ;)

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Eva has not only wrote about hw famous Oprah had become, but she also has ripped-off much of O...more
Jun 30, 2008 Jessica marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Has anyone on here read this? I bought it as a gift once for my former roommate who loves Oprah, but I'm not sure if she ever got around to reading it. I think this book might be great. I am very interested in Oprah, and I find it so fascinating how much people hate her. I don't hate Oprah at all! I actually think she's pretty awesome. And of course, I want to know more about the Glamour of Misery.... who wouldn't?
An analysis of Oprah that also aspires to offer "a comprehensive approach to culture." Reasonably successful at the first ambition, if fairly unsurprising. I prefer my pop culture analysis with the occasional surprising insight that turns my thinking inside out, and there wasn't much of that here, but maybe that's an unfair expectation? As for the latter ambition, well, I suppose it's not a bad snapshot of what cultural studies looks like right now--trying to balance ideological critique with an...more
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