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Questioning Ayn Rand: subjectivity, political economy, and the arts

Cocks, N. (2020) Questioning Ayn Rand: subjectivity, political economy, and the arts. Palgrave Studies in Literature, Culture and Economics. Palgrave, Basingstoke, UK.

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This book will offer the first, sustained academic critique of the work of Ayn Rand. Rand’s texts are often dismissed out of hand by those hostile to the ideology promoted within them. This book argues, instead, that considering the influence this work exerts on the present cultural and economic climate, there is a pressing need for it to be taken seriously and analysed in detail. . Rand’s worldview does not tolerate uncertainty, relying as it does upon a notion of truth untroubled by doubt. In contrast, the contributors to this volume argue that any progressive response to Rand should resist the dubious comforts of a position of ethical or aesthetic purity, even as it challenges the individualistic ideology of ‘selfishness’ promoted within her philosophy. This critique is achieved through chapters that engage the diversity of Rand’s interests and influences, from Psychoanalysis to The Gold Standard; from Hannah Arendt to Spiderman.

Item Type:Book
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood (CIRCL)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Identities
ID Code:89865
Additional Information:Contents: Contents: Chapter 1 Neil Cocks Introduction: uncanny Rand Chapter 2 Ian Parker Reading Ayn Rand psychoanalytically: ethics, libertarian and otherwise Chapter 3 Jan de Vos Psychologisation, what it is and what it is not: Objectivism, psychology, and Silicon Valley Chapter 4 Neil Cocks Narrated Rand: HUAC, engraved invitations, and the real of sexual difference Chapter 5 Kristina West The American mythology of individualism: Emerson, Ayn Rand, and the Romantic child Chapter 6 Lisa Downing Selfish cinema: sex, heroism, and control in adaptations of Ayn Rand for the screen Chapter 7 Bonnie McGill At home with Marx and Rand: returning man in prehistory Chapter 8 Jerome Cox-Strong The New Left: Rand, pedagogy, and ‘the cure’ Chapter 9 Stephen Thomson Topographies of Liberal Thought: Rand and Arendt and Race Chapter 10 Neil Cocks ‘“Oh, that's Francisco's private joke” […]’: Atlas Shrugged, the gold standard, and utopia

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