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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mother's vitalistic faith in life as something indestructible and ever triumphant.
Those final words also lay bare one of the central tensions that run through all of
Fallaci's texts: on the one hand, individual existence is a supreme value,
The presumption of the integrity and autonomy of the individual is absolutely
central to the life- values of the narrator-mother, and yet (as in Penelope) this
presumption has been shattered by the end of her narration. Lettera a un
bambino mai ...
It may appear from this that the rhetoric of the speaking voice, Fallaci's marker for
individual and existential presence, is a language universal, an elsewhere in
relation to the speaker, freedom of speech wrapped in unfreedom of language.
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