Oriana Fallaci: The Rhetoric of Freedom

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Oriana Fallaci (b. 1930) is an awkward presence on Italian bookshelves, in world jourbanalism 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 jourbanalism, she has antagonised many feminists by her championship of motherhood and her idolization of heroic manhood. In jourbanalism, her critics have felt that she has outraged the conventions of ...

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Overview

Oriana Fallaci (b. 1930) is an awkward presence on Italian bookshelves, in world jourbanalism 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 jourbanalism, she has antagonised many feminists by her championship of motherhood and her idolization of heroic manhood. In jourbanalism, 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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"Engaging for its thought and prose, Gatt-Rutter's study constructs a productive critical perspective that proposes new areas of inquiry for scholars working in diverse disciplines." —Modern Fiction Studies
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An introduction to the writing of one of Italy's most controversial personalities and widely-read writers, whose ideas have antagonized both feminists and anti-feminists. Analyzes texts written between 1958 and 1995, focusing on her strategies of direct engagement with key issues such as women's liberation, Vietnam, Islamic fundamentalism, and the space program. Distributed by New York University press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

John Gatt-Rutter Vaccari is a Professor of Italian Studies, at La Trobe University, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Reality and Rhetoric 3
2 Hollywood Behind the Screen: I sette peccati di Hollywood (1958) 27
3 The Female Hemisphere: Il sesso inutile: viaggio intorno alla donna (1961) 37
4 The Self-Repleting Text: Penelope alla guerra (1962) 45
5 The Self-Depleting Text: Lettera a un bambino mai nato (1975) 61
6 Fallaci and the Tape-Recorder: Gli antipatici (1963) and Intervista con la storia (1974) 89
7 To the Moon and Back: Se il sole muore (1965) and Quel giorno sulla luna (1970) 102
8 To Vietnam and Back: Niente e cosi sia (1969) 124
9 Alekos - A Greek Tragedy: Un uomo (1979) 139
10 Plotting Chaos - Italians and Shiites in Beirut: InsciAllah (1990) 148
11 The Fallaci Project: Freedom as an Absolute 171
Bibliography 181
Index 202
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