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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In the opening scene of Chapter 1, Oriana and the reader are plunged straight
into the Hollywood mystique at a gala dinner attended by the stars. But Oriana
sees it as an exhibition of waxwork dummies, pathetic grotesques. One of these ...
... down here" - which converts the preceding passage from an implied address to
the reader, as in any writing, to an account of a conversation with another person
actually present at the gala, picking up the previous shift from '"Don't you see?
overpowering address to the reader, who is forever assailed, harangued, cajoled
by that omnipresent tu, to which there is no right of reply, since that tu is also and
primarily io [I]." (The mother within Fallaci's text asserts that her one-sided ...
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