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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Johnson links this ambiguity of language to the "mother-tongue" learnt by the
infant from its mother, and its first word, "mama", through which the child becomes
subject of, and subject to, discourse. This ambiguity of language applies in more
Language is crucial in transmitting both the real and the imaginary. But to think of
language as singular is a common philosophical delusion. The plurality of
languages involves both "standard" languages and an infinity of dialects,
It refuses to translate the absolute, abominable language of the lorry-bombs. It
deploys the rhetoric of chaos, but fails to confront the heart of darkness as
Conrad did in metonymically linking the Congo to the Thames. Fallaci's
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Reality and Rhetoric
Reports from Other Worlds
sesso inutile viaggio
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