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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Un uomo proved controversial also for its presentation of Panagoulis himself. His
family and friends are reported to have questioned Fallaci's picture of his
compulsive drinking, his wild behaviour in public, his harebrained schemes to
The Rhetoric of Freedom John Gatt-Rutter. risked their lives for their people, and
Alexandres Panagoulis, long "a persecuted hero of the Resistance to the Greek
colonels" (Interview with History, 1976: 14). What is at stake is the affirmation of ...
The subject-matter of Un uomo is therefore very close to home for Italians, and
much of the action takes place in Italy, including surveillance of Panagoulis (and
an apparent murder attempt off Ischia) by undercover agents, some of whom are
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sesso inutile viaggio
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