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A Dialectic With the Everyday: Communication & Cultural Politics on Oprah Winfrey's Book Club
Unformatted Document Text:  Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club 32 14 In this way, my analysis contrasts with Janice A. Radway’s (1984) foundational study on women and romance novel reading. Radway’s participants employed both the narratives of specific romance novels and the actual, physical books themselves solely to distance themselves or escape from their everyday lives. “Failed” romances, in fact, “tread[ed] too close to the terrible real in ordinary existence” according to Radway (p. 72). 15 Franzen’s public comments earned him the dubious distinction of being the only author ever to have her or his invitation to The Oprah Winfrey Show rescinded. Despite – or perhaps because of – the controversy, his novel The Corrections went on to win the highly-coveted National Book Award in December 2001.

Authors: Striphas, Theodore.
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Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club
32
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In this way, my analysis contrasts with Janice A. Radway’s (1984) foundational study on women
and romance novel reading. Radway’s participants employed both the narratives of specific romance novels
and the actual, physical books themselves solely to distance themselves or escape from their everyday lives.
“Failed” romances, in fact, “tread[ed] too close to the terrible real in ordinary existence” according to
Radway (p. 72).
15
Franzen’s public comments earned him the dubious distinction of being the only author ever to
have her or his invitation to The Oprah Winfrey Show rescinded. Despite – or perhaps because of – the
controversy, his novel The Corrections went on to win the highly-coveted National Book Award in
December 2001.


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