CALL FOR PAPERS - Rand/Feminism (fwd)

Sat, 2 Mar 1996 12:16:31 EST

some interest in the following announcement that was posted on a
postcolonial list. Chris Sciabarra is pleased to have the Call for
Papers forwarded to AnthroL. Please direct your response to Dr.
Sciabarra, with a copy to Anthro-L if you think the topic is of general
interest. Thanks!
Denise O'Brien
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 12:06:51 -0500 (EST)
From: "Chris M. Sciabarra" <>
Subject: CALL FOR PAPERS - Rand/Feminism
For all spoon lists --
Camille Paglia once said: "One would think that women's
studies, if it really obeyed its mission, would make [Ayn Rand]
part of the agenda."

This provocative call to the academy is now being answered.

As many of you are aware, I am the author of MARX,
RADICAL (Penn State Press, 1995). Due to the success and
controversy of the latter volume especially, Penn State Press has
asked me to take an active role in bringing to fruition another
project closely associated with Ayn Rand.

Penn State Press publishes a series entitled: RE-READING THE
CANON. The general editor is Nancy Tuana, and the

"series consists of edited collections of essays, some
original and some previously published, offering feminist
reinterpretations of the writings of major figures in the
Western philosophical tradition. Devoted to the work of
a single philosopher, each volume contains essays
covering the full range of the philosopher's thought and
representing the diversity of approaches now being used
by feminist critics. The editor of each volume provides
an introduction and prepares an extensive bibliography
in addition to selecting previously published essays and
commissioning new contributions. All volumes are
published simultaneously in clothbound and paperback

Currently available volumes include FEMINIST INTERPRETATIONS
OF: Plato, Simone de Beauvoir, Hannah Arendt, G.W.F. Hegel, and
Mary Wollstonecraft. Additional volumes on Descartes, Marx,
Aristotle, Daly, Quine, Foucault, Locke, Derrida, Hume, Rousseau,
Kierkegaard, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Kant,
and Dewey are forthcoming. Among the editors are Nancy Tuana,
Margaret A. Simons, Bonnie Honig, Patricia Jagentowicz Mills, and
Maria J. Falco.

The Rand volume is beginning to take shape. My co-editor is Mimi
Gladstein, a Professor of English at the University of Texas at El
Paso. We hope to publish several reprints and some new material,
and we will try to represent as many different feminist
perspectives as we can, covering the broad range of Rand's
philosophy -- from ontology and epistemology, to ethics, politics,
aesthetics, and literary theory.

We hope to include Prof. Gladstein's pathbreaking 1978 article
from COLLEGE ENGLISH on "Ayn Rand and feminism: An unlikely
alliance," as well as the dialogue that followed between Gladstein
and others. Additionally, I have received a solid commitment for
article contributions from Joan Kennedy Taylor, author of
(Prometheus Books), and Wendy McElroy, the author of XXX: A
WOMAN'S RIGHT TO PORNOGRAPHY (St. Martin's Press), and editor of
the book, FREEDOM, FEMINISM, AND THE STATE. Articles on our agenda
include feminist interpretations of the "rape scenes" in Rand's
fiction, and a feminist reinterpretation of Ayn Rand's "triadic"
style in her novel, WE THE LIVING.

This posting then, is an official call for papers to those who
may be interested in making a contribution to our volume.
Potential contributors should contact me directly at:

We hope to make this volume one of the most provocative and
controversial additions to the literature of feminist AND Rand
scholarship. My posting to the spoon lists is motivated by my
desire to include individuals who might be profoundly critical of
Rand from a "radical" or "socialist" feminist perspective. I look
forward to hearing from you.

- Chris
Dr. Chris M. Sciabarra
Visiting Scholar, N.Y.U. Department of Politics

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