[By Kenton Rambsy]
We can even focus on a key figure like Oprah Winfrey, who is not a novelist but has nonetheless had an important effect on the reception of African American literature. Since 1985, Winfrey has been involved in several aspects of African American literature having been an actress, serving as a producer in movies adapted from black novels, and raising the visibility of black writers through her book club. Her popularity as a TV personality has helped generate broader interest in Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ernest J. Gaines.
Over the next week, I will present posts on Winfrey and how she has used her pop culture status to influence commercial reception of black novels and overall reception to specific authors.