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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It provides one of the main structuring elements of her writing and of her way of
knowing the world and other people. The first interview she tape-recorded was
that with Ingrid Bergman in 1962, which opens Gli antipatici (Rossellini 1980; cf.
Such peremptoriness will also be a permanent characteristic of Fallaci's writing,
which guides thought along clearly defined lines or into categorical alternatives.
In the passage quoted above, the inescapable conclusions are, as always in ...
The reader is continually reminded of a plot in the making, of characters as
creations, of writing as invention, and of discourse as subjective. Fallaci's text
thus flaunts self-reflexivity, yet looks like a restoration of traditional narrative:
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Reality and Rhetoric
Reports from Other Worlds
sesso inutile viaggio
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