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New December 2019 JARS: A Special "Atlas Shrugged" Symposium

It gives me great pleasure to announce the publication of a very special December 2019 issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies. It features a symposium on the occasion of the 60+ year anniversary of Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged. Indeed, it's a wonderful issue, and I hope readers will "think twice" about the various provocative interpretations of Rand's novel as offered here. This issue officially ends our nineteenth volume, preparing the way for our twentieth anniversary celebration! It makes its debut on JSTOR and Project Muse today, and will be headed to subscribers immediately thereafter.


As I state in the preface to the issue's symposium:

On 10 October 1957, Random House published Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. Now, more than sixty years after the publication of Rand's magnum opus, The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies presents four essays offering dramatically different perspectives on the novel’s meaning, context, and legacy.

Readers can find the abstracts to the articles listed below here and the contributor biographies here. As is our policy with every issue, new authors are welcomed to the JARS family: Robert Genter and Samantha Ann Opperman are our two newest contributors.

Table of Contents - December 2019

Preface to the Symposium: Atlas Shrugged: Sixty-Plus Years Later - Chris Matthew Sciabarra

"The Strike" Reborn: Ayn Rand, Revolutionary Literature, and the Postwar American Novel - Robert Genter

Sexual Catharsis as an Experience of the Postfeminist in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged - Samantha Ann Opperman

Atlas Shrugged as Epic - Troy Earl Camplin

The Representation of Trauma in Ayn Rand’s Novel Atlas Shrugged - Anastasiya Vasilievna Grigorovskaya


The Non-Contradiction of Determinism: Conditional Volition and Vanilla Ice Cream - Roger E. Bissell


Those interested in subscribing to the journal can get more information here and those who are interested in submitting essays to the journal should visit our Penn State Press Editorial Manager platform.