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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The text consists of the monologue which a career woman, finding herself
pregnant, addresses to the embryo, foetus or child within her womb, whom she
decides to keep. She lectures the child on the world "he" is due to enter - a world
... may be a monologue, it is always a dramatic monologue, primarily in its life-
and-death address to the foetus, but also in encounters and exchanges with
others. The discourse of Lettera never comes from a sociolinguistic distance, it is
The answer to Angelo's tormenting problem comes in his interior monologue in
the Epilogue, just prior to his being blown up, and affirms chaos not as
dissolution but as the renewal of life through death. But the final words of the
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Reality and Rhetoric
Reports from Other Worlds
sesso inutile viaggio
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