"This Book Changed My Life": 'Oprah's Book Club' and The Poisonwood Bible


  • Annika McPherson




Literary production, distribution, and consumption seem to become more intricately entwined as readers engage in new forms of literary criticism on the Internet. This article analyzes the entries on Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible“ on 'Oprah's Book Club' online discussion board and shows how these both challenge and confirm academic literary criticism of the novel.

Author Biography

Annika McPherson

Annika McPherson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Bremen's department of English and North American Studies. She studied at the University of Victoria, B.C., Canada, and the University of Bremen, from which she received her M.A. in "Kulturwissenschaft" and English in 2001. Her teaching focuses on cultural studies and contemporary literature written in English, and her current research interests include the theories and methodologies of (trans-) cultural studies, postcolonial studies, as well as more general questions of inter-/ multi-/ transdisciplinarity.PublicationMcPherson, Annika. "Trans-Formationen: Aufgaben und Grenzen transkultureller Analyse-Ansätze." Transkulturelle Begegnungen“. Eds. Cecile Sandten, Kathleen Starck, Martina Schrader-Kniffki. Trier: WVT, forthcoming c.2005.


How to Cite

McPherson, Annika. “‘This Book Changed My Life’: ’Oprah’s Book Club’ and The Poisonwood Bible”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 5, Mar. 2012, doi:10.5283/copas.74.