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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Fallaci has confirmed also that the failed mother in Lettera a un bambino mai
nato is barely distinguishable from her: both share the conviction, in the face of
death, that "life doesn't die" (Bevilacqua 1980). The narrator's mother throwing
Fallaci gives us no would-be omniscient narrator embellishing a banal image of a
supposedly objective reality with fancy metaphorical and rhythmic effects of style
and self-conscious narrative "prose". Narrative is conducted through dramatic ...
But the final words of the shadowy narrator within the text, the Italian second-in-
command, known as the Professor, invoke a redefinition of Good and Evil as the
only conceivable hope for any human betterment (3.6.9). This is rationality at the
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Reality and Rhetoric
Reports from Other Worlds
sesso inutile viaggio
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