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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Reviewers of Se il sole muore both in Italy and in the USA remarked on the
novelty of Fallaci's enterprise. Domenico Porzio described the work as a romanzo
-saggio (essay-novel), and said that the "metamorphosis" from reportage (
Fallaci spells this out particularly in Se il sole muore: "this book (diario) must often
be an obsessive swing between yesterday and tomorrow" (pp. 15; 8); she
describes herself as "a pendulum that never hangs straight but always swings,
Fallaci's Pendulum The controlling structure of Se il sole muore is that denoted in
Fallaci's metaphor of the "pendola" and the "altalena" ("seesaw"), Oriana's
oscillation between modernity and tradition acting as a carefully measured
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Reality and Rhetoric
Reports from Other Worlds
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