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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For example, describing "Deke" Slayton, Fallaci (rather overstraining the "fact is
stranger than fiction" topos) again apostrophizes her father to remark: "If this were
a novel instead of the story [diario] of a journey, I'd have some fun writing about ...
signalled at the close of the penultimate chapter, where "Oriana" apostrophizes
her father no longer in the second person, no longer as "tu", but in the third
person. She has just received a letter from him saying that he has bought her a
The small-scale alternations between the traditionalism of Oriana's father and its
opposite hinge in large part on her father's role in the Florentine Resistance
twenty years earlier. That heroic struggle for freedom and justice stands in
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