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  • Full Title: Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand
  • Author(s): Edited by Mimi Reisel Gladstein and Chris Matthew Sciabarra
  • Year Published: 1999
  • Publisher: The Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Publication Type: Academic
  • ISBN-10: 0-271-01830-5 (hardcover), 0-271-01831-3 (paperback)
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  • Description: This collection of essays examines Rand's work from a variety of "feminist" perspectives. It is part of a series called Re-reading the Canon, which offers similar "Feminist Interpretations" volumes on other philosophers, including Aristotle, Michel Foucault, and David Hume.


Part One: Looking Back

  1. Ayn Rand: The Reluctant Feminist (Barbara Branden)
  2. Ayn Rand and Feminism: An Unlikely Alliance (Mimi Reisel Gladstein)
  3. On Atlas Shrugged (Judith Wilt)
  4. Ayn Rand: A Traitor to Her Own Sex (Susan Brownmiller)
  5. Psyching Out Ayn Rand (Barbara Grizzuti Harrison)
  6. Refelections on Ayn Rand (Camille Paglia)

Part Two: Feminist Rereadings of Rand's Fiction

  1. Ayn Rand and Feminist Synthesis: Rereading We the Living (Valerie Loiret-Prunet)
  2. Skyscrapers, Supermodels, and Strange Attractors: Ayn Rand, Naomi Wolf, and the Third Wave Aethos (Barry Vacker)
  3. Looking Through a Paradigm Darkly (Wendy McElroy)
  4. The Romances of Ayn Rand (Judith Wilt)
  5. Who Is Dagny Taggart? The Epic Hero/ine in Disguise (Karen Michalson)

Part Three: Toward a Randian Feminism?

  1. Was Ayn Rand a Feminist? (Nathaniel Branden)
  2. Ayn Rand and the Concept of Feminism: A Reclamation (Joan Kennedy Taylor)
  3. Ayn Rand's Philosophy of Individualism: A Feminist Psychologist's Perspective (Sharon Presley)
  4. Ayn Rand: The Woman Who Would Not Be President (Susan Love Brown)
  5. Rereading Rand on Gender in the Light of Paglia (Robert Sheaffer)
  6. Sex and Gender Through an Egoist Lens: Masculinity and Femininity in the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Diana Mertz Brickell)
  7. The Female Hero: A Randian-Feminist Synthesis (Thomas Gramstad)
  8. Fluff and Granite: Rereading Rand's Camp Feminist Aesthetics (Melissa Jane Hardie)

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