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Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand

Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand

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See also the Objectivism Reference Center page on Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand

This controversial anthology is part of the Penn State Press series, Re-Reading the Canon.  It is a landmark collection that critically engages the writings of the controversial novelist-philosopher from feminist perspectives.  Interdisciplinary feminist strategies of rereading Rand range from the lightness of camp to the darkness of de Sade, from post-androgyny to post-structuralism.  What results is as provocative in its implications for Rand's system as it is for feminism.

Preface - Nancy Tuana, Series Editor, ix

Acknowledgments, xiii

Introduction  -  Mimi Reisel Gladstein and Chris Matthew Sciabarra, 1

PART ONE: LOOKING BACK

1 - Ayn Rand: The Reluctant Feminist  -  Barbara Branden, 25

2 - Ayn Rand and Feminism: An Unlikely Alliance  -  Mimi Reisel Gladstein, 47

3 - On Atlas Shrugged  -  Judith Wilt, 57

4 - Ayn Rand: A Traitor to Her Own Sex  -  Susan Brownmiller, 63

5 - Psyching Out Ayn Rand  -  Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, 67

6 - Reflections on Ayn Rand  -  Camille Paglia, 77

PART TWO: FEMINIST REREADINGS OF RAND'S FICTION

7 - Ayn Rand and Feminist Synthesis: Rereading We the Living - Valérie Loiret-Prunet, 83

8 - Skyscrapers, Supermodels, and Strange Attractors: Ayn Rand, Naomi Wolf, and the Third Wave Aesthos   -  Barry Vacker, 115

9 - Looking Through a Paradigm Darkly  -  Wendy McElroy, 157

10 - The Romances of Ayn Rand   -  Judith Wilt, 173

11 - Who is Dagny Taggart?: The Epic Hero/ine in Disguise  -   Karen Michalson, 199

PART THREE: TOWARD A RANDIAN FEMINISM?

12 - Was Ayn Rand a Feminist?  -  Nathaniel Branden, 223

13 - Ayn Rand and the Concept of Feminism: A Reclamation  - Joan Kennedy Taylor,  231  [Features an interview with Objectivist philosopher, David Kelley.] 

14 - Ayn Rand's Philosophy of Individualism: A Feminist Psychologist's Perspective  -   Sharon Presley, 251

15 - Ayn Rand: The Woman Who Would Not Be President  -  Susan Love Brown, 275

16 - Rereading Rand on Gender in the Light of Paglia  -  Robert Sheaffer, 299

17 - Sex and Gender Through an Egoist Lens: Masculinity and Femininity in the Philosophy of Ayn Rand  -  Diana Mertz Brickell [now Diana Mertz Hsieh], 319  [earlier version of this paper published here]

18 - The Female Hero: A Randian-Feminist Synthesis  -  Thomas Gramstad, 333

19 - Fluff and Granite: Rereading Rand's Camp Feminist Aesthetics   -  Melissa Jane Hardie, 363

Selected Bibliography, 391

Contributors, 397

Index, 403


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