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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The status of the self as the source of ethical values and decisions is a central
question in Fallaci's writing. Always, an autobiographical fictional counterpart of
the writer is the vehicle for this ethical quest, interacting with other "characters" -
That heroic struggle for freedom and justice stands in Oriana's discourse here (as
in all Fallaci's writings) for ethical standards in human behaviour. It also stands
for the past as meaningful. Florence, as the foremost embodiment of the Italian ...
And certainly again, moral seriousness and urgency transcend conventional
literary judgement. The question is, how far is the moral concern conveyed
through the Professor's voice-over realized in the narrative? And here ethical
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