Reading Oprah : How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads
Oprah's Book Club sparked a revolution among readers by bringing serious contemporary novels to the attention of a wider audience. The Oprah's Book Club seal on a book led to instant fame and bestseller status for authors--but, how did Oprah change the way America reads and values books? Reading Oprah suggests that Oprah initiated an all-important mantra--trust readers. Not only did the public start reading accessible novels, but they also would snatch up formidable titles and read them with a growing confidence and skill. Then, they would talk about them, giving them a life beyond the reader and text.
- Paperback | 178 pages
- 152 x 228 x 12mm | 240.41g
- 05 Nov 2004
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
"By insisting that we take Oprah and her audience of women readers seriously, Farr challenges our resistant assumptions about literary value, and continues the tradition of feminist scholarship that began with feminist writers like Elaine Showalter, Adrienne Rich, Nina Baym, and Jane Tompkins."
About Cecilia Konchar Farr
Cecilia Konchar Farr is Professor of English and Women's Studies and Chair of the English Department at the College of St. Catherine.