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 point of intersection in the literary work between problematical self-identity
and public responsibility is the Author: a being as elusive of definition as any
flesh-and-blood person, but radically different in being accessible only in the
And what of that always problematical translation of vero by "real"? We shall see.
I cite these microscopic examples not trivially, questioning Fallaci's adequacy as
her own translator, but because InsciAllah is largely composed of translation.
Yet there is no gainsaying the uncompromisingly problematical challenge
presented by her works. Even politically, the categorical principle of the ethical
autonomy of the individual - though it does not lend itself to the articulation of
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Reality and Rhetoric
Reports from Other Worlds
sesso inutile viaggio
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