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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Her doctor tells her that this is tantamount to murdering her child (pp. 63; 60), but
neither mother nor child appear to suffer any ill effects from the journey. The
mother's elation at this is short-lived, however: the rough roads of the foreign
She has been led into a double narrative trap, a self-deleting text, addressed to a
discursively constructed interlocutor - the child - who is then abruptly dissolved in
retrospect. We have here a placental text ingested via the umbilical cord, not by ...
It also serves the mother to give some greater sense of solidity and reality to the "
character" of the child, making "him" visible, lending him the objectivity
vouchsafed by photography and science. Petchesky has written on such
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Reality and Rhetoric
Reports from Other Worlds
sesso inutile viaggio
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