Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand

Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand




Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand

Edited by Mimi Reisel Gladstein and Chris Matthew Sciabarra

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A re-reading of the Randian corpus from the multiple vantage points of contemporary feminism.

Philosophy / Women's Studies / Political Theory

This landmark anthology is the first to critically engage the writings of Ayn Rand from feminist perspectives. The interdisciplinary feminist strategies of re-reading Rand range from the lightness of camp to the darkness of de Sade, from post-androgyny to post-structuralism. A highly charged dialogue on Rand's legacy provides the forum for a re-examination of feminism and its relationship to egoism, individualism, and capitalism. Rand's place in contemporary feminism is assessed through comparisons with other twentieth-century feminists, such as de Beauvoir, Wolf, Paglia, Eisler, and Gilligan. What results is as provocative in its implications for Rand's system as it is for feminism.

Contributors are Barbara Branden, Nathaniel Branden, Diana Mertz Brickell, Susan Love Brown, Susan Brownmiller, Mimi Reisel Gladstein, Thomas Gramstad, Melissa Jane Hardie, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, Valerie Loiret-Prunet, Wendy McElroy, Karen Michalson, Camille Paglia, Sharon Presley, Robert Sheaffer, Joan Kennedy Taylor, Barry Vacker, and Judith Wilt.

About the Editors:  Mimi Reisel Gladstein is Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, El Paso. She is the author of The Ayn Rand Companion (Greenwood Press, 1984; expanded edition due out in 1999) and The Indestructible Woman in Faulkner, Hemingway and Steinbeck (UMI Research Press, 1986). Chris Matthew Sciabarra is Visiting Scholar in the Department of Politics at NYU and is the author of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical (Penn State, 1995) and Marx, Hayek, and Utopia (SUNY, 1995).

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