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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When not named in Fallaci's literary discourse, heroism is silhouetted against its
opposites. Along the personal axis, where it is synonymous with courage, it is
thrown into relief by vilta - vileness, baseness, cowardice. Along the political axis,
What is at stake is the affirmation of heroism in a struggle in which an
unattainable ideal of freedom is one of the two opposing poles and the
uneliminable reality of power is the other. Its symbol (Fallaci says) is the huge "no
" to Nazi occupation ...
... to it no alternative model of ownership and decision-making, nor any radical
resistance, but the residual spirit of human individuality and adventure and
personal heroism, which somehow survives in spite of all the homogenizing
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Reality and Rhetoric
Reports from Other Worlds
sesso inutile viaggio
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