Wendy Rountree is a professor of English at North Carolina Central University in Durham. Her expertise is in 20th-century American literature, specializing in African-American literature and ethnic American drama. She has published scholarly articles, two academic books — Just Us Girls: The Contemporary African-American Young Adult Novel and The Boys Club: Male Protagonists in Contemporary African-American Literature — and a young adult novel, Lost Soul.
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Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature (Contributor)
Pop culture icon and media mogul Oprah Winfrey has produced or starred in 10 films and telefilms. In this collection, the contributors use film, music, masculinity, black feminism and cultural studies to examine the role Winfrey has played as an actress, and in some cases, producer of films that interpret works published by African-American writers between 1937 and 1996. Their essays critically examine representations of African-Americans and sexuality, blues, class, inter- and intra-racial prejudices and their intersection with Winfrey’s influence as interpreter and mediator of African-American literature and culture to diverse audiences.
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