Oriana Fallaci: The Rhetoric of Freedom
Bloomsbury Academic, 01.10.1996 - 224 Seiten
Oriana Fallaci (b. 1930) is an awkward presence on Italian bookshelves, in world journalism and among feminists. This book, the first literary study of Fallaci, examines the implications of the storms and silences that she keeps rousing. A fully emancipated and successful woman in the man's world of political journalism, she has antagonised many feminists by her championship of motherhood and her idolization of heroic manhood. In journalism, her critics have felt that she has outraged the conventions of interviewing and reporting. As a novelist, she shatters the invisible diaphragm of literariness and is accused of betraying, or simply failing, literature.
This book focuses on Fallaci's direct engagement as a writer with major political and social issues such as women's liberation, Vietnam, Islamic fundamentalism and the space programme. A distinctive and controversial feature of her writing is the way in which she blurs the interface between reportage and fiction in an attempt to obliterate the gap that separates the word from the world.
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That the mother of Lettera has not in fact aborted her child makes little or no
difference. Johnson remarks that mothers who miscarry also feel guilty for the
loss, and she talks of "the indistinguishability between miscarriage and abortion"
62; 59)). Rosa (1982: 63-4) argues that a "sfumatura ultrapatetica" ("
hyperemotional overtone") invades Lettera and Un uomo, not merely involving,
but overwhelming the reader: for, whereas in Se il sole muore and Niente e cost
sia it was only ...
Some general considerations about literary style are called for before sampling
Fallaci's writing in Lettera. One of the demolition jobs attempted against Fallaci
on grounds of sub-literariness came in 1979 in the form of a newspaper review
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Reality and Rhetoric
Reports from Other Worlds
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