Oprah and the Hollywood Production of Maternal Horror
This chapter examines the visual adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved into the 1998 Hollywood film, exploring whether or not it can convey alternative experiences and meanings of the maternal within despite the racialized discursive terrains within which the construction and reception of its narrative occurs. It also assesses the maternal media persona of Oprah Winfrey and considers how her publicly granted titles, “America’s psychiatrist” and “The Conscience of Our Times,” impact the sentimental racial codes through which the film’s productions of history, memory, and motherhood are read.
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