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Narrated Rand: HUAC, engraved invitations, and the real of sexual difference

Cocks, N. (2020) Narrated Rand: HUAC, engraved invitations, and the real of sexual difference. In: Cocks, N. (ed.) Questioning Ayn Rand: Subjectjvity, Political Economy, and the Arts. Palgrave Studies in Literature, Culture and Economics. Palgrave. (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

This chapter of my edited book on Rand draws on Rand’s testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), her description of the individualism of one of the heroes of her novel The Fountainhead, the infamous rape scene in that novel, and the celebrated analysis of this by Slavoj Žižek. The aim is to suggest that the purity of Rand’s narratives is always compromised, not least through its literary status: Rand is constantly disavowing the narrative frame that is necessary for her philosophy to be ‘revealed’. The chapter argues that a comparable disavowal can be read in the work of her most radical of critics.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Minority Identities
ID Code:89866
Publisher:Palgrave

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