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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Literary and feminist circles received the book with a stony silence, most
literateurs tacitly denying it literary status and feminists no doubt finding its
defeatist ambiguities and individualistic emotionalism unhelpful to their cause.
Yet it aroused ...
She has always seen herself as instinctively and spontaneously feminist, and as
living and acting accordingly, but she long resisted acceptance of the feminist
movement, failing to recognize that it articulated much of what she thought and
She utters the discourse of feminism but stands outside the social and political
network of the feminist movement. Feminist solidarity is as yet only vestigial,
limited to the support which the mother receives from her female friend and from
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